Federal Court Strikes Down Chicago Gun Range Regulations

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In this Nov. 9, 2016 photo, patrons use the shooting range at Deerfield Pistol and Archery Center, which is participating in the Gun Shop Project, a suicide prevention effort that started in New Hampshire and is now being launched in Dane County, Wis. The program also encourages gun shop customers to store firearms away from home if a household member is having a mental health crisis. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

A federal appeals court struck down restrictions on the placement and operation of gun ranges imposed by the city of Chicago as unconstitutional on Wednesday.

The ruling is the latest in Chicago’s fight with federal courts over the issue of allowing gun ranges within city limits. In 2011, a federal court struck down the city’s complete ban on gun ranges in Ezell v. City of Chicago. In response the city passed a new law which legalized ranges but forced them to be located in manufacturing districts—at least 100 feet apart from other gun ranges, at least 500 feet away from residential areas, schools, churches, and a number of other special exceptions. Those under 18 were also barred from being able to enter any range within city limits.

The same plaintiffs who defeated the city in 2011 then filed a new suit against the city claiming the restrictions were unconstitutional. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit agreed on Wednesday, striking down all three restrictions in question.

“Today’s ruling is a victory for citizens of Chicago who want to exercise their rights,” he said, “and particularly for Rhonda Ezell, who has been steadfast in her resolve.”

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • The Second Amendment Foundation, which helped bring the case against Chicago, celebrated the court’s decision.
  • Gottlieb called the win a victory for gun owners.
  • Gun rights advocate says ‘this nonsense has got to stop.

“In a ruling that described Chicago’s gun range law as an “elaborate scheme of regulations,” the court ordered the city to eliminate the regulations that were challenged.”

“We are delighted with the outcome of this lengthy case,” Alan M. Gottlieb, the group’s founder, said. “The extremes to which the city has gone in an attempt to narrow its compliance with the Supreme Court ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago can only be described as incredible stubbornness. In the six-and-a-half years since the high court ruling in our McDonald case, the city has had ample opportunity to modify its regulations. Instead, Chicago has resisted reasonableness.”

Original Source: http://freebeacon.com/issues/federal-court-strikes-down-chicago-gun-range-regs/

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