| Opinion/The Review

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Chicago hope: A welcome gun ruling affirms the Second Amendment

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Ruling that Chicago's ban on licensed retail gun shops and private firearms transfers is unconstitutional, a federal judge has dealt a stinging, much-needed rebuke to an overreaching city government.

U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang stayed his decision to give Chicago — which last year led U.S. cities in homicides — time to mull an appeal. But there's no appealing the Second Amendment, which he cited in ruling that Chicago's duty to protect its citizens' safety is outweighed by its obligation to protect their constitutional rights.

It's not the first time that a court has curbed Chicago or Illinois gun-grabbing. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the city's gun ban in 2010. A federal appellate court forced Illinois — last holdout among the states — to finally allow concealed carry permits last year.

After a federal appellate court struck down the city's gun-range ban in 2012, Chicago used “zoning and other regulatory measures to make it difficult” for such law-abiding firearms businesses, according to the Chicago Tribune. Besides possibly appealing this latest ruling, the city might try such tactics again.

If it does, Chicago will confirm its anti-gun attitude's underlying tendency: wrongly blaming legal guns, legal firearms businesses and law-abiding gun owners for gun-related violent crime. The latter two should be thankful that this judge and others stand ready to uphold their Second Amendment rights.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Editorials

  1. ObamaScare: The mess grows
  2. Saturday essay: Thanking Dad
  3. Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
  4. Greensburg Laurels & Lances
  5. U.N. Watch: Iranian showdown
  6. ‘Vetting’ refugees: A dubious U.N. link
  7. Operation Santa Claus: The best deal of the Christmas season
  8. Valley Laurels & Lances
  9. Charter school pablum: Hillary Clinton misleads on education
  10. Thanksgiving 2014: Pausing in unison
  11. Remember our troops