Chicago’s Gun Laws and the Olympics

Chicago’s strict gun laws are quickly becoming a factor in the city’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Downstate pols insisted Chicago would need to ease its firearm restrictions so that shooting events could legally take place within city limits. However, Chicago’s Olympic plan has those events taking place in suburban Aurora, so city gun laws present no hurdles.

Of course, if Chicago is going to land the ’16 Games (please, God, no, says this Chicago resident), then they’re going to need state money–or at least the promise of it. That means, at some point, the Cook County machine must do something to earn the downstate votes it needs. According to Rep. Brandon Phelps, a southern Illinois Democrat, that “something” might be allowing concealed carry within the city. Don’t expect Mayor Daley to give in on that one.



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4 responses to “Chicago’s Gun Laws and the Olympics

  1. Kris

    It frightens me that Chicago, or any of our large cities, might loosen the gun restrictions.

    I am appreciative of Competive Shooting, but to lessen the restraints of city and state laws for the every day individual who may think they are John Wayne is a very scarey thought.

  2. daynperry

    For what it’s worth, there’s no way Daley will cede any ground on this issue. Won’t happen. Thanks for stopping by, Kris.

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  4. Ty

    The gun ban is a resounding FAILURE! Criminals don’t follow the law, hence the title criminal. These hooligans who commit gun crimes buy guns off the street so there is no paper trail, so all the gun ban does is disarm those who would only use them to defend themselves and there home. Texas and Florida have conceal and carry and don’t have nearly the same gun related homicide numbers

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