New Illinois Law May Kill Controversial Chicago Gun Registry


Chicago’s 3-year-old gun registry could end under a concealed carry law state lawmakers passed, says the Chicago Tribune, which adds that few are publicly mourning the loss of a database once heralded as a key part of the city’s gun control laws. The registry, put in place by then-Mayor Richard Daley after the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out Chicago’s 1982 handgun ban, required people who wanted guns in Chicago to buy city permits and register the weapons with police.

Gun rights advocates derided the registry and Chicago’s municipal permit process as ineffective in curbing gun crime and an unfair burden for law-abiding gun owners. The numbers indicate the registry wasn’t effective. There are about 8,650 firearms permit holders who have registered 22,000 firearms. That’s compared with the 150,000 households the University of Chicago Crime Lab estimates have guns. The idea was that the list would be available to police officers and firefighters so they would know if they were responding to a call for help at a home where there were firearms, Daley said at the time.

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