The Emanuel administration has outlined a plan to impose strict regulations on gun shops that open within city limits, including a requirement to record every sale on video.
The irony is that I suspect most gun stores already run video over their sales area, simply as a security measure. The difference is that police would have the power to approve -- or more likely, disapprove -- of the security plans before the store could open. Which means, in practical terms, that only approved stores will open... quite possibly only the one approved store, similar to the situation in Washington, DC, where there was only one FFL available for the whole city.
Other aspects of the proposal include one handgun a month rules and a ban on gun stores within 500 feet of a school or park (which limits them to less than half a percent of Chicago).
How do the legislators in Chicago view these rules?
Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) said the regulations are a good start. This is just letting everyone know that we here in the city of Chicago are very serious about gun trafficking going on in the city of Chicago, he said. So we want to make sure if a person is proposing to do some gun trafficking here, we want to limit them as much as possible. Another alderman who had not seen the report said it sounds good to her so far.
A good start. They'll be back for more later.
In the meantime, criminals will continue stealing firearms and selling them to each other without background checks as many times in a month as they feel like it.
This entry was published Wed May 28 10:11:57 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2014-05-28 09:53:23.0.