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Federal Judge Kicks Out
Part of Chicago's Gun Law

June 26, 2012

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(GunReports.com) -- A federal judge ruled against part of Chicago's firearm ordinance last week, ruling that banning permits for people convicted of unlawful use of a weapon is vague and unconstitutional.

The city must now decide whether to appeal the ruling or rewrite the part of its gun ordinance that bars individuals convicted of even misdemeanor offenses from possessing a firearm in their home for self-defense.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Shawn Gowder, who claimed his constitutional right to bear arms was violated when he was denied a firearm permit two years ago because of a misdemeanor conviction for possessing a gun on a public street.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan addresses only a part of the ordinance that relates to applicants who have been convicted of unlawful use of a firearm. Federal lawsuits are still seeking to overturn the city's ban on retail gun stores and to remove restrictions forbidding guns from yards and on front porches.

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This is only one small battle in the war to obtain Constitutional rights for the people of Illinois. The governments of Chicago and the State of Illinois really are in need of a huge smack-down from the Judiciary. To be effective, such a smack-down must be particularly painful for the left-wing tyrants who run the city and state. If they are only slapped on the wrist, nothing will be gained.

Some people move here i.e., employees of certain gun magazines and leave shortly thereafter and badmouth our situation and go back to a SW state when they see how restrictive we have it here - GOOD RIDDENS. Others stay here, continue to contact our legislators, are paying members of local, state, and national pro-gun groups, and contribute financially to the on-going lawsuits necessary to gain our "Rights". I am thankful to all of our pro-gun leaders and for all we have to do to win against these anti-gun politicians. Strange how certain areas of Chicago have dozens of murders of innocent children each week with the horrible emotional strain to their families - my condolences. Once we are successful in passing pro-gun rights, please stay out of our state!

I have a better idea. Let's trade Illinois for Mexico.

Cecil I would have thought you knew Mexico also has some very restrictive laws when it pertains to firearms and on a similar train of thought, it is legal for me a resident of Mass. to possess a class 3 permit and much to your surprise I'd bet, the hunting laws here are by far more favorable to those who wish to pursue this activity than most other areas of the nation at only the cost of the license, the weapon and the ammo I can just walk out my back door and hunt where I please as long as I'm 500' from the nearest building. I have no need to join some expensive club to stalk deer or duck.

I wouldn't advocate trading Illinois for Mexico. But I like the idea of trading for some place to be named later.

Dispatch does make a valid point. In past posts, I have opined that nobody ever changed an organization by quitting it. I have periodically reminded folks that by resigning from the NRA does nothing to change its direction. It is only by staying active as a member and communicating one's thoughts to the leadership that changes can be made. So it also is with the State of Illinois. Encouraging people to leave the state will do nothing to change the draconian, crazy laws that Chicago pushes on the rest of the state.

Personally, because of an incident I had with the Illinois State Police, back in 1998, I will not enter the state until it changes its firearms laws. I do encourage the good people of Illinois to rise up and throw off the tyranny with which they have had to deal for so long. When they do that, I will gladly enter the state and spend my money there.

If the people of Mexico were able to hold real, free elections, the guns laws would disappear. They are in place because the "uber rich" control the country, and have since 1910. If the peasants had access to weapons, Mexico would be a very different place.

Rather than trade the entire state of Illinois, let's just give Mexico Emperor Rahm and the rest of the Shitcago politicians that want to help them with their gun problem. They can have Holder and Oprah, too. All of that for FREE!

I'll vote for that PVB. BTW, they had 16 shootings in Chicago today.

That's worse than Philly...

Yeah. One of the shooting victims was a 10 year old girl (DOA) that was playing in water from a fire hydrant. Since her mother and I think the baby daddy were also shot and are critical, it probably had some gang overtones. Should give Rahm a little heartburn, the son of a bitch.

Rahm isn't out to clean up the gangs. He won't shed a tear for any of the dead, but I'm sure he'll use their passing for another blood dance to get rid of guns.

Yeah.....I believe it was Rahm who made the statement....."Never let a good crisis go to waste".

Where do we get these "cockaroaches" as Tony Montana called them, to be our elected officials?

From a very perverted system that seems to attract megalomaniacs...

No shit. Seems like they all live in the sewer system. Jesse Jackson Jr. is pulling some sort of political horseshit, i.e. he is suffering from "mental and physical exhaustion" brought on by the rigors of doing the people's work. So, he has been absent from work for 3 weeks now and will need "extensive" treatment when he returns. My sister was a hospice nurse and contracted colon cancer about 6 years ago. The company she worked for promptly fired her for getting sick and naturally cut off her insurance. What a great country.

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