Chicago Gun Ban Struck Down
A year ago this website took a moment amid the post-Newtown, Connecticut handwringing to point out that Chicago – home to a leftist mayor and some of the nation’s harshest anti-Second Amendment laws – was the murder capital of America.
“Anti-Second Amendment laws don’t stop violence … they invite it,” we wrote. ”Meanwhile elevated levels of gun ownership have been proven to deter violent crime, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual reports make abundantly clear.”
Oh, and then there’s the pesky fact that the Second Amendment is … well … the Second Amendment.
Accordingly, U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang ruled this week that Chicago’s ban on gun sales within its city limits represented
“(C)ertain fundamental rights are protected by the Constitution, put outside government’s reach, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense under the Second Amendment,” Chang ruled. “Chicago’s ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms.”
Damn right …