Following a January ruling by Federal Judge Edmond E. Chang which said that Chicago’s 2010 ban on firearms sales within the city’s limits is unconstitutional, Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked to have six months to enact regulations for the potential firearms vendors. Now, after four months the regulations have begun to leak out.
One of the most stringent of the regulations comes in the form of a zoning policy. According to the Chicago Sun Times, “special-use zoning would keep gun stores out of 99.5 percent of Chicago, limiting them to pockets of the North, West and South sides. The stores could not be within 500 feet of a school or park.
The potential gun stores would also need to conduct quarterly audits of their gun sales, give police the ability to inspect their records, and have law-enforcement approve a security plan “outlining exterior lighting, surveillance cameras and alarm systems, as well as storage of guns and ammunition.”
Further, employees would need to get background checks, finger printings, and training so they can pinpoint potential gun traffickers.
“There is no question it will be the smartest, toughest regulation on gun stores in the country,” said Janey Rountree, the mayor’s deputy chief of staff for public safety. “It’s designed to prevent gun trafficking and illegal sales in these stores.”