The Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) held a rally last week to celebrate the recent United States Supreme Court decision in McDonald v Chicago that struck down a long-standing city gun ban. However, as those advocates cheered, city officials issued an ordinance designed to impose restrictions on gun ownership.
The celebratory event, which took place July 9 at the Thompson Center, featured ISRA executive director Richard Pearson, one of the plaintiffs, Otis McDonald, as well as local radio personalities and several local grassroots activists.
However, it happened in the shadow of an ordinance that aims, among other things, to restrict residents from carrying weapons outside their homes, mandate participation in training programs and prohibit the sale of firearms inside city limits, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“When the wrong people have access to guns, whether they’re gang bangers and drug dealers or abusive parents or sons or daughters, needless violence is more likely to happen, whether it’s on our streets or in our homes,” said Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.
In response to the ordinance, gun supporters already filed two lawsuits that experts say could lead to a new round of legal challenges to cities’ rights to regulate gun ownership, the news provider further reported.