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Judge Rules Chicago Handgun Law Unconstitutional

From The Chicago-Sun Times:

U.S. District Court Judge Edmond E. Chang wrote in a 35-page opinion that “Chicago’s ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms . . .”

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Chicago Police Chief: We will shoot anyone with a gun.

From BearingArms.com:

“You put more guns on the street expect more shootings,” McCarthy said. “I don’t care if they’re licensed legal firearms, people who are not highly trained… putting guns in their hands is a recipe for disaster. So I’ll train our officers that there is a concealed carry law, but when somebody turns with a firearm in their hand the officer does not have an obligation to wait to get shot to return fire and we’re going to have tragedies as a result of that. I’m telling you right up front.”

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Police Confiscate Veteran’s Guns After a Visit With His Therapist

From: The Daily Herald (Chicago)

Arthur Lovi, 72, is in an ongoing legal battle with authorities after his antique guns were confiscated following a controversial session he had with a therapist.

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Illinois Close To Concealed Carry Law

From Chicago-Sun Times:

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday gave the state of Illinois an extra 30 days to lift its ban on concealed weapons.

The court acted on Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s request to allow Gov. Pat Quinn more time to review legislation passed last week. But the court said it would not issue another extension of its mandate past the new deadline of July 9.

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Chicago vs Houston

Here is an infographic comparing the two cities:

CHIvsHOU

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Pakistani Senteced on Terrorism Charges

From the FBI:

A Pakistani native who operated a Chicago-based immigration business was sentenced today to 14 years in prison for conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist plot in Denmark and providing material support to Lashkar e Tayyiba, a terrorist organization operating in Pakistan that was responsible for the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India. The defendant, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, was convicted of the charges on June 9, 2011, following a three-week trial in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

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“Violence” Tax for Firearms

From Cheaper Than Dirt Blog:

Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, recently floated the proposal for a Violence Tax. This new and unwarranted tax seeks to target the sale of guns and ammunition sold in the City of Chicago and its suburbs.

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Aspiring Jihadist Arrested in Chicago

Aspiring Jihadist Arrested in Chicago is republished with permission of Stratfor.”

By Ben West

On the evening of Sept. 15, Adel Daoud parked a Jeep Cherokee loaded with a large explosive device outside a bar in downtown Chicago. As he walked down the street away from the vehicle, he activated a trigger to detonate the bomb. The bomb, however, was inert, and FBI agents positioned nearby immediately took Daoud, an 18-year-old from the Chicago suburbs, into custody.

Daoud had been the subject of a four-month FBI investigation and sting operation, during which undercover agents had been communicating with Daoud and recording his statements. Sting operations have become the tactic of choice for the FBI and other U.S. law enforcement organizations when investigating would-be jihadists. As U.S. law enforcement agencies perfect their sting operations to identify aspiring jihadists and prevent attacks, jihadists, too, can be expected to innovate and evolve alternate means of communication and vetting of those with whom they collaborate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Part of Chicago Gun Law Unconstitutional

From the Chicago-Sun Times:

Der-Yeghiayan, in a 30-page ruling, called that part of the Chicago Firearm Ordinance “unconstitutionally void for vagueness,” and said it violated Shawn Gowder’s right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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Chicago police see spike in cop killings, assaults

FILE - This undated file photo provided Nov. 30, 2010 by the Chicago Police Department shows evidence technician Michael Flisk. Flisk was killed Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, while processing a burglary scene at a garage on Chicago's Southeast Side. He is he fifth police officer killed this year in the line of duty - the most in at least 25 years. (AP Photo/Chicago Police Department, File)

CHICAGO — The police officer was in full uniform, gathering evidence from a car break-in when someone walked into the garage and shot him and the car’s owner in the head, then fired another bullet into their heads as they lay on the ground.

The brazen, daylight slaying last week of Officer Michael Flisk underscores what Chicago police have been saying for months: They are increasingly confronting people willing to attack them even as overall violent crime in Chicago continues to fall.

Five police officers have been killed in the line of duty this year — the most in at least 25 years. A sixth police officer was gunned down as he sat in his vehicle while off-duty just a few days before Flisk’s death.

http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2010/12/04/5579777-chicago-police-see-spike-in-cop-killings-assaults

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Chicago Six Flags sponsoring “Muslim Family Day” – the day after 9/11

MUSLIM DAY AT SIX FLAGS is being sponsored by the Islamic Circle of North America which openly supports HAMAS and Hezbollah and refuses to condemn them. It has been under investigation for fund-raising for and money laundering to Islamic terrorist groups.

Six Flags tells its employees: “Out of respect (to Islam), we request the employees wear their uniform pants, instead of their shorts”no matter how hot it is.

Better get used to it: your lives are going to change more and more as we are pushed into showing “respect” for Islam. Muslims in the Netherlands pressured cities to force construction workers to stop wearing shorts, too, because it “offended” them.

Well, it offends me that they would have the gall to put on a special Muslim celebration the day after 9/11. They are not shy about voicing their outrage over the slightest perceived insult, why should we sit quietly and let them insult the memory of those murdered by Islamic Purists?

Read commentary sparked by this event here:

http://www.phyrfight.com/weblog/?p=1111

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NEW lawsuit filed over Chicago’s gun limits

“Only months after the Supreme Court struck down the city’s restrictions on guns, Chicago is the target of a new lawsuit because it now requires gun owners to practice at gun ranges but bans the ranges themselves.”

“While the city has adopted new regulations that make it legal to own handguns,” said Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, “they have crafted this new ordinance to make it virtually impossible for prospective gun owners to meet all legal requirements unless they travel outside the city for mandatory training.

The new ordinance prohibits public gun ranges inside the city yet the city demands that handgun owners get at least one hour of range training time.”

http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=192153

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Supreme Court: Americans have right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live

Otis McDonald said he joined a federal lawsuit to challenge Chicago's 28-year-old handgun ban because he wants a handgun at home to protect himself from gangs.

“WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court held Monday that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live, expanding the conservative court’s embrace of gun rights since John Roberts became Chief Justice.

By a 5-4 vote, the justices cast doubt on handgun bans in the Chicago area, but signaled that some limitations on the Constitution’s “right to keep and bear arms” could survive legal challenges.”

http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2010/06/28/4575970-justices-extend-gun-owner-rights-nationwide

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Is Chicago trying to stifle right-to-carry ‘town hall meetings’?

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley

Kurt Hofmann, St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner:
“Back in April, I wrote about Illinois Carry’s announcement of a series of “town hall meetings” throughout the state, to educate the public about defensive handgun carry. Since then, those meetings have started the process of building public support for armed self-defense.

Perhaps they’re making a difference–attitudes certainly seem to be changing. That’s why gun rights advocates were really looking forward to having such a meeting right in Chicago itself, and why it’s so unfortunate that a planned south-side Chicago meeting for June 30th has suddenly been thrown into limbo. From the Chicago Reader:

Gerald Vernon says he did everything he should have to obtain a permit to hold a meeting at the Tuley Park field house on the south side…and walked away thinking he’d reserved a meeting room for the evening of June 30. The group that would be convening was Illinois Carry, an organization advocating for the right to bear concealed firearms.

But on Wednesday, a week before the scheduled date of the event, he got a call telling him his permit had been revoked.

The event has apparently been canceled–with no explanation.”

http://www.examiner.com/x-2581-St-Louis-Gun-Rights-Examiner~y2010m6d25-Is-Chicago-trying-to-stifle-righttocarry-town-hall-meetings

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Chicago Gun Ban

Now that the Heller case has been decided in D.C., the next battleground is Chicago.

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