Chicago City Council Expected to Kill Handgun Registry

It looks like our friend Todd Vandermyde has been busy. After winning the battle for common sense concealed carry laws in Illinois, the NRA’s man on the ground spoke at a meeting last night held by some Chicago aldermen who then voted to recommend dismantling the handgun registration system that has been in place since Mayor Daley imposed it on the city in 1968. The change comes thanks to the recently passed concealed carry law, which pre-empts all local laws regarding handguns, handgun magazines, handgun ammunition and all associated accoutrements. Since the state is the only controlling authority regarding handgun legislation now, the city will be forced to dismantle its registration system. From the Chicago Tribune . . .

A decades-old requirement for Chicago gun owners to register their firearms will soon be off the books after a panel of aldermen on Monday recommended repealing it.

If the full City Council agrees as expected on Wednesday, it will be the first time in Chicago since 1968 that legal guns don’t have to be registered. That’s when then-Mayor Richard J. Daley set up a city gun registry.

The latest blow to the city’s gun control efforts was set in motion by a federal appeals court ruling late last year ordering Illinois lawmakers to allow the carrying of concealed handguns. The General Assembly gave final approval in July to a concealed carry law that gives sole control of gun permits and licensing to the state. That meant the city gun registry had to go.

Speaking of law changes in Illinois, I hear that RF is about to apply to become an Illinois state concealed carry instructor. If that pans out, we’ll be submitting our applications for concealed carry licenses for the state of Illinois at midnight on the day that licensing opens. I had rejected the idea of ever visiting Chicago for any reason, but something tells me that I’ll be planning a trip there in the very near future.


  1. avatar sindaan says:

    The walls…they are a crumbling.

  2. avatar NEIOWA says:

    I still refuse to visit Chicago. Antigun is only the start of that cesspool.

    Now all together NRA bashing whiners 1.. 2.. 3.. cry

  3. avatar Allen Smith says:

    Shitcago is lost, this is what happens when all the political leaders are dumbass Dem’s.
    It will end up being worse than Detroit, the ultimate end state of the progressive agenda.


    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      Smitty, the voters are dumb-ass (low-information voters) dems. The politicians are an entrenched Democrat Political Machine whose only interest is getting and maintaining political power, whatever the cost.

  4. avatar pk in AZ says:

    In other words, a non-story.

    1. avatar Dave357 says:

      Chicago being pushed in the right direction seems like a significant development.

      1. avatar Bob says:

        Agreed. Now when “gun violence” and overall crime rates drop in Chicago thanks to concealed carry and more firearms in the hands of the law-abiding, we can expect the media and anti-gun groups to honestly report it twist the data as much as possible and sweep the truth under the rug. Probably something like, “Despite the increase in firearms ownership and carry in Chicago, crime has dropped due to a decrease in average summer temperatures and a crackdown on school truancy.”

      2. avatar JeffR says:

        Chicago only gets pushed in the right direction when 99.99% of its lawyers agree that the law absolutely, positively precludes the City from pursuing its anti-gun agenda. If they think there is a quarter-inch of wiggle room to be anti-gun without running afoul of the law, they’ll try it. See, e.g., conditioning approval for liquor licenses on the owner agreeing to prohibit concealed carry on their premises even though the state law only precludes carry at establishments that derive 50% of their revenues from liquor and completely preempts local regulations pertaining to handguns or the concealed carry of handguns.

      3. avatar pk in AZ says:

        Illinois needed to pass a concealed carry law, mandated by the Appeals Court, which they did, and as a result state law preempts any current city or local law.

        So, non-story.

        Take a look here, everything you need to know about what’s happening:

        1. avatar Ralph says:

          Thanks for the non-comment.

      4. avatar Hal says:

        I am actually shocked that Chiraq (an unfair comparison really, seeing as how in Iraq every home can have an full-auto AK-47 and standard capacity mags) isn’t going to force them to go through the rigmarole of two registration schemes. Registered with the city and not with the state? Felony. Registered with the state and not with the city? Felony. Given the amount of statist koolaid served in that shit hole I had just assumed that the city would default to that option, state law be damned. They certainly don’t give a rat’s ass about supreme court decisions, why should they care what the state legislature has to say? I am genuinely surprised.

        1. avatar Nigil says:

          There is not, and never was, a state-level registration requirement in Illinois.

  5. avatar In Memphis says:

    Chicago politicians recomended this!? Its not a part of the new FOAD gun control laws? Are my tired eyes reading this?

  6. avatar nemsis says:

    I thought this happened already?
    When I called the CPD gun registration office to inquire about renewing my CFP the officer told me they got rid of the whole registration and are closing the office.

  7. avatar EagleScout87 says:

    Now the NRA needs to get to work in NJ.

    1. avatar DJC1012 says:

      No, wait … Can we try and do something about Cali first? My wife wants to move back to NorCal from our beautiful, peaceful political oasis of eight years here in the great and free state of Tennessee. Plus, I was just learn’ how to talk right.
      I don’t know if I can stand going back to that fascist, freedom hating, tax your ass off, gun grabbing place.

  8. avatar Mark N. says:

    Unfortunately, that rubble is being shipped to California. The Legislature is dead set on making firearms ownership as difficult as possible. California has a so-called “safe handguns” roster. Civilians are generally limited to purchasing handguns that are on the list, with a few exceptions. Bills eliminating the single shot exemption and restricting transfers of “unsafe” handguns to two per year were passed today and yesterday. [When combined with the recent implementation of the law that pistols must incorporate microstamping technology to make it onto the list, Californians will be limited to rostered handguns or C&R pistols if the Gov. Brown signs the law; and there will be no new pistols on the roster for the foreseeable future.] Coming up later this week is the proposed AW ban, a law that will define as an assault weapon ANY centerfire semi-automatic rifle or shotgun with EITHER a detachable magazine OR an internal capacity of more that ten rounds. A detachable magazine is any feeding device that can be removed from the firearm without dismantling the action. Currently owned weapons will have to be registered, and new sales will be barred. I assume the ban will extend to stripped lowers as well unless the lower has a permanently installed mag well. (I don’t know what this will mean for 80% lowers.) An ammunition permit and registration law, however, has been sent back to the public safety committee, so it may be dead for this session. A flurry of less “spectacularly bad” laws have also passed both houses.

    1. avatar DJC1012 says:

      Yep, That’s what I just said above only you done it better 😉

  9. avatar BGrypon says:

    “Team Chicago” needs to move west apparently. We could use some of that success out here.

  10. avatar John Boch says:

    You folks have no idea how much work went into Chicago’s repeal… Hundreds of thousands of man-hours of activism and efforts…

    It’s good.

    But work continues.


    1. avatar Nigil says:

      I, in fact, do not know. If you do, and are privy to the inner working thereof, let me know, so that I can volunteer my time some time.

  11. avatar Davis Thompson says:

    “The latest blow to the city’s gun control efforts…”

    Bias doesn’t have to be in your face.

  12. avatar Nigil says:

    I am genuinely surprised that Chicago has done the smart thing and removed the offending legislation before it was required to do so by losing a lawsuit.
    On a related note, I called a while back to see if my LGS was taking names in preparation for the training class required for a shiny new IL CCW license. This was exactly 3 days after the new law was singed in Springfield, and my name ended up about halfway down page 54 of their “call me when you got a class” list.

    And on another related note: Nick; you, Robert, and any of the TTAG staff are personally invited to look me up if you ever are in Chi-town. At the very least I will buy you a beer and a hot dog, another beer, and a slice of pizza, and let you crash in the guest bedroom should you desire.

  13. avatar karl says:

    California……where you can buy all generation glock pistols except gen 4 ….guess I won’t be going there any time soon.

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