July 07, 2011
Chicago Gun Range Ban Struck Down in Fed. Appeals Court
By Chad Love
Citing an infringement of citizens' Second Amendment rights, a federal appeals court has struck down the city of Chicago's ban on gun ranges.
From this story on Bloomberg.com:
A Chicago law banning firing ranges in the third-largest U.S. city probably harms gun owners’ Second Amendment rights and must be temporarily blocked, a federal appeals court ruled.
The Chicago-based court’s decision today comes in a case challenging a city ordinance restricting handgun possession to inside the home, mandating an hour of range training as a prerequisite to gun ownership and barring those ranges from operating within its borders. The Responsible Gun Ownership Ordinance was passed by the city council after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s outright ban on civilian handgun possession in 2010.
A lower court judge last year denied the challengers’ request for an order blocking enforcement of the firing-range prohibition.
“The plaintiffs are entitled to a preliminary injunction against the firing-range ban,” U.S. Circuit Judge Diane Sykes said in the ruling. “The harm to their Second Amendment rights cannot be remedied by damages, their challenge has a strong likelihood of success on the merits, and the city’s claimed harm to the public interest is based entirely on speculation.”
Reaction? How do you think the notoriously anti-gun City of Chicago will react?