Activist priest Rev. Michael Pfleger has taken his battle against illegal guns to court. He has sued three suburbs, claiming they haven’t kept a close enough eye on gun shops.
Chicago lost its legal battle to keep gun stores out of the city, and now it must pick up the tab for nearly $1 million in legal fees that the winners spent on the case.
Facing a court order to allow gun sales in the city, the Chicago City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve an ordinance allowing gun shops in the city limits, but with tight restrictions.
The Emanuel administration has outlined a plan to impose strict regulations on gun shops that open within city limits, including a requirement to record every sale on video.
While lawyers, judges and politicians decide the future of Chicago’s gun shop ban, most of the city’s residents live within no more than six miles from a licensed gun shop in the suburbs.
A federal judge on Tuesday allowed Chicago’s bid for 6-month delay to let city prepare for gun sales.