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Chicago City Council Approves Restrictive Gun Range Measure

July 11, 2011 by  

Chicago is taking steps to loosen its gun laws.The Chicago City Council recently approved a measure that would allow gun ranges to operate in the Windy City.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was previously President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, reportedly proposed the measure to allow gun ranges in areas zoned for manufacturing to avoid an unfavorable court decision, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

The ordinance says that gun ranges could operate only with special permits that necessitate a public hearing and there would be a number of other restrictions as well.

Two lawsuits have been filed in Federal court contesting the city’s ban on gun ranges. City officials hope that the recently approved plan will put an end to those legal challenges. Also, a ruling against the city in either of those cases could result in much less rigid requirements for gun ranges in the city, reports the newspaper.

Walter Maksym, who is involved in a gun lawsuit against the city, said that the rules on gun ranges were a bit too restrictive.

“It’s a step in the right direction, a recognition that the original ordinance would not stand up to scrutiny, but it doesn’t go far enough,” he told The Chicago Tribune.

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