(CHICAGO) — Gun rights activists won their first major victory of the year when a federal judge Monday determined that Chicago’s ban on firearms sales is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang wrote in a decision that the ability to acquire a gun also falls under Second Amendment rights.
Three Chicago residents and the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers sued the city in 2010 to overturn an ordinance that only allowed the transfer of guns within city limits through inheritance.
Chang said his ruling won’t go into effect until the city either decides to seek a stay through an appeal or modifies sales restrictions of firearms, “short of a complete ban.”
This is the second blow to gun control advocates in Chicago in four years since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the city’s prohibition on firearms possession.
There were 415 murders and 1,864 shooting incidents in Chicago last year.
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