As I wrote about last week, the Supreme Court is getting ready to rule on the Chicago handgun ban. Just as this battle is going on in Washington, Mayor Richard Daley is seeking to tighten restrictions within the city.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the mayor wants new state laws on guns. He wants it to be harder for people to get guns and he wants criminals who use guns to receive harsher penalties. Although most of his suggestions were said to have failed in prior legislative sessions, Daley is asking the state to try again.
Among those changes his is recommending are background checks for all firearms sales (even private sales), a complete ban on assault weapons, a requirement that all gun dealers be licensed, and a limit on the number of handguns a person can purchase in a single month.
In addition he is asking the lawmakers to make it a Class 1 felony to knowingly sell a gun to a gang member, harsher penalties for unlawfully using a weapon, and “microstamping” of guns to make them more easily identifiable.
Daley and he proposed laws are not without critics, of course. Any law or regulation placed on firearms will be met with resistance simply because many believe their right to bear arms, as guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment, should not be limited.
The fact is, however, until the Supreme Court rules otherwise, cities and states can regulate firearms how they wish, hence the vast number of laws currently on the books in Illinois and states across the country.
You may believe you were simply exercising your right to bear arms when you were arrested for a firearms offense. However, you may have well known that what you were doing was against the law.
Whatever the case, we can help. Whether you are facing charges of possession of a firearm, or any other weapons related offense, call our defense attorneys today. We can give you some free legal advice and help you gain clarity on a system that can be intimidating and quite confusing.