Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Chicago Range Ordinance

I have embedded below the Chicago Range Ordinance that will be presented to the Chicago City Council this morning by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It was passed unanimously -though grudgingly - by the Committee on Public Safety yesterday. Newspaper articles in both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times have referred to portions of the ordinance and some of the restrictions. Rather than going by what a reporter on deadline says about the bill, I think it is better to have the entire ordinance out there for all to see in its original form.

The move to introduce, pass, and implement this ordinance is a rush job as the City of Chicago freely admits. Jeff Levine of the City of Chicago's Law Department had this to say:
But Levine said the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals could rule on the lawsuits at any time, making it important for the city to get its own firing range rules on the books. The city hopes the appellate judges will opt not to intervene if Chicago has a firing range law in place, Levine said.
As Sebastian noted last night, Alan Gura does not think this ordinance should moot Ezell v. Chicago.

Chicago Range Ordinance 07-11

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