Chicago Politicians Think You’re Stupid

Robert at BLagerHead (a new blog for this beer, liberty, and gun loving lunatic) has this wonderfully titled op-piece:

Recently the Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s 28 year-old handgun ban as unconstitutional. While the outcome surprised few, Chicago’s reaction to the ruling has raised a few eyebrows, especially among the pro-liberty crowd.

In response to the ruling, the city of Chicago has moved to revise its handgun ownership laws. Among the new laws, which are already being challenged, with support from the NRA, are a restriction to one gun per household and a continued ban on sale within the city limits of Chicago. None of this is surprising to anyone following the continuing saga of gun ownership rights in Chicago and across the nation. What is surprising, is the notion, promoted by “city leadership” that these tough new restrictions are necessary to prevent an outbreak of handgun violence in the city.

Hello! Planet Earth calling. This is Chicago, Illinois we’re talking about, right? The same city that earlier this very year was contemplating calling in the National Guard to help with the outbreak of violence in the city? The very type of outbreak about which they are warning us now? Is that really the position they are taking?

This wouldn’t be so sad if they weren’t serious and the stakes weren’t so high. There have already been at least 152 murders with a firearm in Chicago (as of June 15) and more are sure to follow. The city has become so dangerous that an 80 year-old Korean war veteran, a month before the ban was lifted, shot and killed an intruder who first fired at him. This, despite it being against the law at the time to own a handgun. But being 80 years old with your wife and grandson in the home leaves you few realistic choices for self defense. Luckily for this family one person made the right choice and it saved lives…

You can read more at BLagerHead

City of Chicago New Firearms Ordinance Procedures Law

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

Monday July 12, 2010 3:37 PM CDT

City of Chicago Outlines New Firearms Ordinance Procedures

The City of Chicago’s new handgun ordinance goes into effect today and the Chicago Police Department is prepared to implement the permit and registration requirements.

The process involves two steps, beginning with the application for a Chicago Firearms Permit (CFP), which is required in order to legally register a firearm.

While the CFP application can be downloaded from the Chicago Police Department’s website at www.chicagopolice.org, it must be submitted in person at Chicago Police Headquarters, located at 3510 S. Michigan.

Residents must possess the following information in order to complete the CFP application:

• A valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card issued by the State of Illinois

Two identical passport-size photos taken in the last 30 days showing the person’s full face, head and shoulders

A valid Driver’s License, or if the resident doesn’t possess one, a letter from a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist attesting that the applicant meets the minimum vision requirements to obtain an Illinois driver’s license

• A signed affidavit from a firearms instructor approved in the State of Illinois stating that the applicant has completed a firearms safety and training course.

• A $100 application fee

All applicants must be at least 21 years old, or 18-20 years old with an eligible parents’ permission. Applicants cannot be convicted of any violent crime, have two or more offenses for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or under state law have been convicted of domestic violence. Additionally, they must be fingerprinted and submit to a background check.

After obtaining a Chicago Firearms Permit, residents can purchase a firearm. Residents must then register their firearm within 5 days with the Chicago Police Department.

Only one handgun can be registered in any 30-day period. The cost is a one-time $15 fee per firearm, and the person will be required to file an annual report.

To register a firearm the owner must provide information on the type of weapon, the manufacturer, the serial number, where it was obtained or purchased and where the weapon will be located.

Individuals who owned firearms prior to today, including firearms that were not registered and multiple handguns, must apply for a CFP within 90 days.

The application for registration certificates can also be downloaded from the Chicago Police Department’s website at www.chicagopolice.org and can be submitted by mail or in person at Chicago Police Headquarters.

Certain types of weapons cannot be registered because they are ineligible or unsafe, such as sawed-off shotguns, .50 caliber weapons, assault weapons and certain handguns. A list of ineligible firearms will be posted on the Chicago Police Department’s website.

Residents were also reminded that it is still illegal to possess a firearm on the streets of Chicago, which includes bringing it to Chicago Police Department headquarters to register.

Residents who currently have registered firearms with the City can wait until their current registration expires before re-registering, but they should apply now for the CFP.

Once a firearm is registered, residents are responsible for contacting police immediately if their firearm is lost, stolen, destroyed, sold or if there is a change in any of the information on the registration certificate.

Anyone supplying false information on the application is subject to fines and/or arrest, with penalties up to $5,000 and 90 days in jail for a first offense.

The entire ordinance can be reviewed on the Chicago Police Department’s website at www.chicagopolice.org.

We have copies of the necessary documents: download Chicago Handgun Registration documents here

Who Benefits From Chicago’s Handgun Control Law? Mayor Daley

On Monday, June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Chicago’s 28-year-old handgun ban unconstitutional. Over the next four days, Mayor Daley muscled the Chicago City Council into passing a hastily drafted ordinance that places a whole new set of limitations and regulations on gun ownership in the city.

The “Responsible Gun Ownership” ordinance allows any adult in Chicago with a clean record to register one handgun a month for self-defense at home—but only one gun at a time can be “assembled and operable,” and the owner can’t take it out of the home, even into the backyard. The weapons have to be registered with the state and city, and their owners must be trained and fingerprinted. Guns in homes where minors live have to be locked away or equipped with trigger locks. And anyone convicted of a gun offense is required to disclose the information in a publicly accessible registry modeled after those for convicted sex offenders.

For Daley, though, the mere existence of the ordinance was far more significant than its contents. Quick passage of a new gun-control law was the mayor’s top priority in the wake of the Supreme Court decision: he wanted to announce, in the strongest voice possible, that not even the highest court in the land was going to keep him from regulating guns in his own city. Gun control has been a very successful political strategy for Daley—if not a successful crime-fighting strategy.

Read more at Mick Dumke’s epic Chicago Reader article “Under the Gun”

Video: Mayor Daley Outlines Details of City’s New Gun Ordinance

Mayor Daley Outlines Details of City’s New Gun Ordinance on July 1st, 2010 in this YouTube video. (Sorry, embedding the video is disabled)

Mayor Richard Daley outlined details of the ordinance — called the “Responsible Gun Ownership” ordinance — he will introduce into the City Council to replace the City’s handgun registration ordinance that was essentially rendered unenforceable Monday by a ruling of the United States Supreme Court.

If you don’t want to snooze through all 36 minutes of this, here’s the “Responsible Gun Ownership” ordinance press release.