Friday, July 2, 2010

And it begins.

Chicago's new gun laws:

  1. Limit the number of handguns residents can register to one per month and prohibit residents from having more than one handgun in operating order at any given time.
  2. Require residents in homes with children to keep them in lock boxes or equipped with trigger locks.
  3. Require prospective gun owners to take a four-hour class and one-hour training at a gun range. 
  4. Prohibit people from owning a gun if they were convicted of a violent crime, domestic violence or two or more convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Residents convicted of a gun offense would have to register with the police department.
  5. Calls for the police department to maintain a registry of every handgun owner in the city, with the names and addresses to be made available to police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders.

  1. Nothing more than rights rationing. Why should I only be limited to having one functional firearm at a time? Many gun owners routinely keep a handgun and long gun in "operating order".
  2. Of what use is a gun that's locked up? Is a home invader going to wait for you to unlock your firearm? Is he going to give you advanced notice? A better law would be to require those with children to wear their gun at all times. That way you're ready to defend yourself and you can keep it out of the hands of children.
  3. That wouldn't be so bad if civilian gun ranges weren't banned in Chicago.
  4. Agreeable.
  5. Pointless. Any well trained first responder should assume there is a gun in the home until proven otherwise, because every gun won't be in the registry, especially if the gun is in the possession of a criminal. 

Those who already have handguns in the city — which has been illegal since the city's ban was approved 28 years ago — would have 90 days to register those weapons, according to the proposed ordinance.

Out of the estimated 100,000 handguns in Chicago, I wonder what the compliance rate will be? Will it be any better than the 50% compliance rate of Canada's long gun registry? Or will it be more like California's 2-5% compliance rate?

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