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New Gun Ordinance Already Faces Lawsuit

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Jul 7, 2010 4:30PM

The city's new hand gun restrictions - the one the City Council passed 24 hours after seeing it for the first time because Mayor Daley wanted to cram it through quick and dirty after that SCOTUS ruling - is already facing its first legal challenge less than a week after its approval. A group of people has filed the lawsuit in federal court saying the new laws infringe upon their rights. According to WLS:

The defendants include Brett Benson, 37, a trader on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange who owns a farm in central Illinois; Raymond Sledge, 53, a public elementary school teaching assistant who owns his own home but lives with his mother, who lives near a high-crime area on the South Side, in order to take care of her; and a Chicago couple -- Kenneth Pacholski and Kathryn Tyler -- he works in aircraft restoration, she is a veterinarian. All the plaintiffs own multiple guns but keep them outside the city limits, the suit says. With the city's new gun ordinance they can each possess one gun, but they'd like to be able to have more than one gun in the city, the suit says.

The Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers is also named as a plaintiff in the suit and the NRA has already given its support.