Chicago Finally Dumps Unconstitutional Gun Registry

-By Warner Todd Huston

On September 11, the City of Chicago finally dumped its unconstitutional requirement that gun owners register their guns with the city.

The city put the registry in place in 1968 after several lawsuits in the city and well as after the state passed stricter gun laws.

But today the courts have insisted that for too long Chicago has abused its resident’s Second Amendment rights and the city has had no choice but to give up its practice.

After the December 2012 ruling by an appeals court that the state’s ban on concealed carry was unconstitutional the state finally reversed its longstanding ban. But that left Chicago’s strict gun bans in an untenable spot.

The city is only now starting to grapple with what it will have to do to satisfy the court’s rulings and the state has been dragging its feet for months on what to do. Even after the new concealed carry law was passed the state has dragged its feet on allowing its citizens to observe their Constitutional rights.

In any case, slowly but surely Illinoisans are getting closer to having their rights finally recognized. But it is agonizingly slow, not to mention unconstitutional.

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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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