Monday, July 28, 2008

City of Chicago Gun Turn in Program Nets Lots of Weapons

The City of Chicago reported that over 6,800 weapons were turned in to the City of Chicago on Saturday as Mayor Daley seeks to stop the spread of guns in Chicago. Chicago's gun buy back program has been in existence since 2006. Last year, 6,700 guns were collected. Since the program started, more than 11,000 guns have been collected. Saturday's effort was mainly in response to the United States Supreme Court's opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller, in which Washington's D.C.'s gun back was struck down. The City of Chicago has a gun ban that is substantially similar to Washington D.C.'s gun ban. A lawsuit challenging Chicago's gun ban has already been filed in Federal District Court in Chicago by four Chicago residents, the Second Amendment Foundation and the Illinois State Rifle Association. Attorneys for the City of Chicago vow to fight the lawsuit by arguing that the Heller ruling only applies to Washington D.C. Many legal experts doubt that this argument will prevail and expect that Chicago's gun ban will be struck down.

Guns were dropped off on Saturday at 25 different locations throughout the city, no questions asked. The city paid $100 for a real weapon and $10 for BB guns, air guns and replicas. So many people showed up that the city ran out of $100 debit cards and had to give our rain checks for the money.

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