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Proposed Chicago Ordinance Would Require Videotaping of Gun Sales

chicago gun violenceAccording to a recent article from the Chicago Tribune, today Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be proposing new regulations that would require gun dealers to videotape their sales. In addition, the mayor is also proposing that gun stores be banned near schools and parks and that a 72-hour waiting period is in place for handgun sales, as well as a 24-hour waiting period for rifle and shotgun sales. In addition, a dealer would only be able to sell one handgun per month, per buyer.

The mayor’s ordinance is set to be introduced at today’s City Council Meeting in Chicago. According to the Chicago Tribune, the plan comes in the wake of a recent federal court ruling that shut down a complete ban on gun sales. One goal of the new videotaping plan, according to a report from the city, would be to “discourage traffickers and buyers who use false identification.”

The Tribune also reports that the ordinance would require special use permits for gun retailers and that gun stores would only be allowed in areas with “few commercial zoning designations.” The stores would not be allowed within 500 feet of a school or park.

Recently, Chicago passed New York as the “murder capital” of the country. It has one of the highest rates of gun violence as well–over the 2014 Easter weekend alone, 45 people were shot (9 killed, 36 injured).

Do you think this new ordinance would curb gun violence in Chicago? Let us know your thoughts. 

Posted by Jamie Friedlander on May 28, 2014

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