240 Chicago Firearms Permits (CFP) applied for in first 9 days

Wendell Hutson @ The Chicago Defender has reported that on the first day of the new ordinance there were 75 applications picked up for the new Chicago Firearms Permit (CFP) and total of 240 registrations submitted in the 9 days since. (Note: you can download the application here)

The Defender also reports that there has been an increase in FOIDs. From January 31st to July 9th state police records count an increase of 2,311 FOIDs issued, bringing the count of Chicago cards from 104,256 to 106,667.

Read the full article here: Chicago Defender > City firearm owner ID process underway as state sets tougher gun penalties

Edit: Title clarified, submitting application for CFP does not equal permits issued.

Edit 2: Only 11 permits submitted. 🙁

Thanks to Four Black Men and a Gun

Marcus Cole At Pileus Blog shares with us an introspective take on his life, a protecting father, McDonald v. City of Chicago, and a shotgun.

As an American, I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to many, many people who have risked and given their lives to defend our liberty. But as I reflect on the recent Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago, I thought I should take a moment to mention four Americans who have made a relatively uncelebrated contribution to the freedom I cherish and enjoy. I owe a special debt to four black men, and one gun.

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Gun shop owner sues Chicago over opening new stores

We have a great post from The NAGR Gun Rights Blog with some more details and insight into the lawsuit against the city of Chicago’s ban on the sale of firearms within it’s boundaries.

“By banning gun shops and the sale (of) handguns, Chicago and Mayor Daley currently maintain and actively enforce a set of laws, customs, practices and policies under color of state law which deprive individuals, including the plaintiffs, of their right to keep and bear arms, and engage in commerce by selling them, lawful products, in violation of the Second and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution,” the lawsuit alleges.

Read more.

Tell us what you think: do you support the sale of legal firearms in Chicago?

Chicago Police Announce Official June 2010 Crime Statistics

Advisory Message has been issued by the Chicago Police Department – Headquarters.

Tuesday July 20, 2010 5:34 PM CDT

Chicago Police Announce Official June 2010 Crime Statistics– Amended

CHICAGO- Today, Superintendent Jody P. Weis released official crime trends which emerged through the end of June 2010. Total crime dropped Citywide by 3.9 percent and was supported by a 10.6 percent drop in violent index offenses and 1.9 percent decrease in property index crimes. This results in an 18-month consecutive trend of lower overall crime in Chicago.

Superintendent Weis recognized the increase in homicides, a total which, at the end of June, was up by 5.4%. The 214 homicides recorded between January and June 2010 were 11 more than last year. However, Weis is encouraged that the crime reduction initiatives are working. “Through today’s date, homicides are up less than 1% when compared to the same time period last year,” Weis stated. “This is encouraging. However, zero is the only acceptable number, and the men and women of the Department work diligently in support of this goal every day,” he added.
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