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.