Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing a far-reaching ordinance that would keep gun stores out of most parts of the city and require them to videotape every sale to deter customers from buying firearms for crooks, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The proposal is a response to a federal judge's ruling that Chicago's longtime ban on gun stores was unconstitutional. Emanuel chose not to fight the decision, and the court gave the city six months to approve store restrictions short of a ban. The deadline is July 14.
Under the proposed ordinance, special-use zoning would keep gun stores out of 99.5 percent of Chicago. The stores could not be within 500 feet of a school or park. Store owners would have to conduct quarterly audits of their gun sales and allow police to inspect their records. They also would have to get the police to approve a security plan before they could open their doors. “There is no question it will be the smartest, toughest regulation on gun stores in the country,” said Janey Rountree, the mayor's deputy chief of staff for public safety. “It's designed to prevent gun trafficking and illegal sales in these stores.” Rountree said similar safety measures were imposed on gun stores in New York City in a settlement of a 2006 lawsuit the city brought against 20 firearms dealers.