America's First Freedom - April 2014 - 10

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by Wayne L aPierre,
Executive Vice President

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n the face of repeated federal court decisions decisively blocking the City
of Chicago's ongoing denial of full Second Amendment protections to its
beleaguered residents, Mayor Rahm Emanuel nonetheless remains determined to
undermine individual liberty through subterfuge.
The latest example comes with the Emanuel administration's response to a
remarkable January 2014 u.s. District Court decision that struck down the city's
ban on firearm retailers as unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. The
decision also decriminalizes and mandates protections for transfers between
individuals that are lawful under state and federal statutes.
Emanuel petulantly called the decision a "straight-jacket" and reportedly
turned to the rabidly anti-Second Amendment Joyce Foundation to devise
schemes to gut the decision to make doing business next to impossible for
federally licensed dealers within city limits. Joyce is the deep-pocket funding
source for gun-confiscation groups like the Violence Policy Center.
The federal gun transfer decision, delivered by u.s. District Court Judge
Edmond E. Chang, ruled that "the ban on gun sales and transfers prevents
Chicagoans from fulfilling within the limits of Chicago, the most fundamental
prerequisite of legal gun ownership-that of simple acquisition."
Specifically, the stricken law
had declared that "no firearm may
be sold, acquired or otherwise
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Among the city justifications
methodically rejected by Judge Chang
were that the city ban on lawful firearm
transfers would "restrict criminals'
access to licensed dealers ... restrict gun
acquisition in the illegal market ..." and
"eliminate gun stores from Chicago,
which are dangerous in themselves and
cannot be safely regulated."
In rejecting those claims, Judge
Chang opined that "whatever burdens
the City hopes to impose on criminal
users also falls squarely on law-abiding
residents who want to exercise their
Second Amendment right."
Judge Chang also rejected Chicago's
descriptions of federally regulated
retail firearm outlets as being integral
to "a chronically diseased regime that
is fundamentally broken ..." and that
firearm retailers constitute "cache[s]
just waiting to be raided" by criminals.
It is obvious from his decision that
Judge Chang, a former Assistant u.s.
Attorney, clearly understands strict
federal law with respect to federal
firearms licensees (ffls). He didn't buy
the city's myth about dealers being a
major source for criminal commerce.
In fact, Judge Chang quoted a
study cited by Chicago lawyers which
concluded that ffls "play a minor and
unimportant role as direct sources of
the criminal handgun supply." Judge
Chang concluded, "It is doubtful that
keeping criminal users away from
legitimate retail stores will choke the
supply of guns to those users."
Mayor Emanuel declined to appeal,
still smarting from the drubbing
delivered by the Seventh Circuit Court
of Appeals in 2011, striking down
Chicago's ban on shooting ranges as
violating the Second Amendment.
That range ban was part of a twisted
regulation designed to circumvent
the u.s. Supreme Court's landmark
2010 McDonald decision that deemed
the city's decades-old handgun ban
unconstitutional and affirmed the
Second Amendment as an individual
right extending to every corner of
the nation.
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