Evanston amends its gun-ban law (Chicago Tribune)


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Neo-Luddite
August 12, 2008, 07:59 AM
Evanston amends its gun-ban law
By Brian Cox and Deborah Horan | Chicago Chicago Tribune
August 12, 2008


Following on the heels of a Supreme Court decision that held that a blanket ban on handguns violated 2nd Amendment rights, Evanston's City Council voted 7-1 Monday night to amend the North Shore suburb's weapons ordinance to conform to the landmark court ruling.

Council members believe the move will allow the city to avoid a potential court challenge.

"I find the Supreme Court decision repugnant," said Ald. Steve Bernstein (4th). "But because of it, it's the law. In the short term, we'll be better off getting [the ordinance] off the books."

Evanston's handgun law, one of the more progressive in the country, had banned not just handguns but any device that "is designed to expel a projectile," including BB guns and paintball guns with projectiles larger than .18-inches in diameter. Items such as collectors' guns were exempt from the ban.



City Council members said Monday they saw no alternative but to amend Evanston's law to bring it into line with the high-court ruling.

Wilmette and Morton Grove, which passed the nation's first gun-ban laws, have already modified their ordinances in light of the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling on June 26, and other towns are likely to follow suit, legal experts said. Washington, D.C., whose 32-year ban on owning handguns was struck down, has passed a new ordinance that requires gun owners to take tests and keep the weapon unloaded and either disassembled or locked.

Evanston's move to amend the law came after the National Rifle Association filed lawsuits against it, Morton Grove, Oak Park and Chicago immediately after the high court's ruling. Wilmette was not named in the lawsuit, apparently because city officials had already taken steps to suspend enforcement of its ban, city officials said.

In its opinion striking down the gun ban in Washington, the Supreme Court left municipalities some wiggle room, declaring gun-control measures permissible when they include restrictions that do not unduly infringe on gun ownership.

The opinion's author, Justice Antonin Scalia, also said in the high court's majority opinion that the ruling should not "cast doubt on long-standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings."

Deborah Horan is a Tribune staff reporter; Brian Cox is a freelance reporter.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-evanston-gunaug12,0,7386423.story

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Neo-Luddite
August 12, 2008, 08:03 AM
The title is misleading--it seems they REPEALED the law in total.

So this makes Willmette, Morton Grove, and Evanston--what OTHER municipality in Illinois has a gun ban needing to be stricken from the books???

Oh that's right--Chicago--ALSO in Cook County.

Mr White
August 12, 2008, 08:13 AM
Evanston's handgun law, one of the more progressive in the country, ... Progressive??? Are they smoking crack???

I guess it all depends which side of the fence you sit on.

SCKimberFan
August 12, 2008, 08:16 AM
"I find the Supreme Court decision repugnant," said Ald. Steve Bernstein (4th)."

I find this Alderman repugnant, who obviously doesn't care about citizen's RIGHTS! :cuss:


Mr White: Progressive is code word for Socialist.

lee n. field
August 12, 2008, 08:22 AM
Evanston's handgun law, one of the more progressive in the country,

No no no no no.

It wasn't "progressive", but rather medieval, in the "y-all mind your place, serfs" sense.

Seancass
August 12, 2008, 08:22 AM
better yet, who actually uses the word repugnant?

once every city that makes up "chicago" repeals the law, chicago it's self might get a hint. But more likely they'll come up with rediculous registration laws and others will follow that.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun
August 12, 2008, 08:24 AM
In the short term, we'll be better off getting [the ordinance] off the books.

Translation:
We will watch the larger anti-gun cities do. Once they find something equally repressive that we can hide under guise of "reasonable restriction" we will copy them.

Drgong
August 12, 2008, 08:44 AM
No no no no no.

It wasn't "progressive", but rather medieval, in the "y-all mind your place, serfs" sense.

Indeed, as you can guess by my sig, I agree completly that it was more medival.

HeavyDuty
August 12, 2008, 08:49 AM
"I find the Supreme Court decision repugnant," said Ald. Steve Bernstein (4th).

Call the waaambulance for this idjit.

So this makes Willmette, Morton Grove, and Evanston--what OTHER municipality in Illinois has a gun ban needing to be stricken from the books???

Oh that's right--Chicago--ALSO in Cook County.


Oak Park, too.

M1911
August 12, 2008, 08:53 AM
So this makes Willmette, Morton Grove, and Evanston--what OTHER municipality in Illinois has a gun ban needing to be stricken from the books??Don't forget Winnetka.

Seminole
August 12, 2008, 09:03 AM
Evanston's handgun law, one of the more progressive in the country. . . .

Hmmm. . . . Seems this reporter needs to work on his understanding of English vocabulary. He obviously meant:
Evanston's handgun law, one of the stupidist in the country. . . .

HeavyDuty
August 12, 2008, 09:48 AM
No, the article is right - in this context, "progressive" is a shortening of "progressive disarmament".

Neo-Luddite
August 12, 2008, 09:56 AM
Yes, Oak Park, too---Hemingway's home town.

Didn't know about Winnetka.

Rachen
August 12, 2008, 02:52 PM
Evanston's handgun law, one of the more progressive in the country, ...

Aha! Now I know. Disarming citizens and giving criminals easy prey and while trashing the Constitution is "progressive". Oh WOW! I never knew that! (sarcasm)

Nolo
August 12, 2008, 02:55 PM
Evanston's handgun law, one of the more progressive in the country
Why are gun bans considered progressive? Don't they know that they essentially send us back to the Dark Ages.

bogie
August 12, 2008, 03:15 PM
I am glad that the Supreme Court took such a progressive stance on public safety and the rights of those of us who are potential victims.

Steal their language.

Leif Runenritzer
August 12, 2008, 03:29 PM
It's heartening to see a full page of for-rights comments under this article, and most of them are in-state.

Mike Franklin
August 12, 2008, 03:36 PM
Ald. Steve Bernstein, I'll bet the Heros of the Warsaw Ghetto are rolling over in their graves.

There is no such thing as a disarmed citizen, there are however unarmed slaves.

casual
September 11, 2008, 12:47 PM
as a resident of wilmette, i was happy to see that the village ditched the stupid municipal ordinance

too bad it took a supreme court ruling to make them do so

im just glad i waited for these idiots to get their act together before i exercised my constitutional rights


casual

casual
September 11, 2008, 01:01 PM
i do need to temper my previous comments about wilmette by noting that Chris Canning, the village president is actually a solid guy, along with one or two others on the village board

he's got a tough job herding some of the real losers on the village board


one more wilmette note - remember the cougar sighting in the spring in wilmette? apparently, the wilmette police asked for permission to shoot it, but the police bureaucracy denied permission

the chicago cops had to take care of business

one more reason to take wilmette's claims of concern for the safety of its residents with a grain of salt

causal

Vern Humphrey
September 11, 2008, 01:22 PM
Progressive??? Are they smoking crack???
"Progressive" is code for "whacked-out, left-wing, anti-freedom, pro-communism nutcase high on crack."

rainbowbob
September 11, 2008, 01:38 PM
What they meant to say...

Evanston's handgun law, one of the more repressive in the country…

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