War Museums Can’t Display Guns In Chicago
May 9, 2013 by Sam Rolley
In Chicago, only cops and criminals are allowed to own guns. Even museums in the city are barred from displaying guns of historical significance, according to a local official seeking a change in ordinance.
Edward Burke, an alderman in the Windy City, introduced an ordinance during a City Council meeting Wednesday that would allow Chicago museums to display unloaded firearms for historical purposes.
In a statement, Burke said that he was surprised to learn that museums such as the Pritzker Military Library on Michigan Avenue cannot display a Walther PP firearm donated by a U.S. Army officer who served in World War II.
“Chicago is home to several world-class museums,” Burke said. “And it has come to my attention that such an exemption is reasonably warranted to allow such institutions to display unloaded firearms that often accompany uniforms and other historical artifacts.”
Burke’s proposal would allow the display of display “curios and relics” if the council approves it.
Meanwhile, more than 400 gun deaths have occurred in Chicago this year despite its tough gun-control laws. Residents of the city are required to undergo multiple background checks, take a training class, get a State firearm owner’s identification (FOID) card and apply for a firearm permit with the police just to keep a gun in their homes.