(CHICAGO) — With gun crimes in Chicago an epidemic, Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to impose tough restrictions on gun sales in his city.
The controversial plan is seen as Emanuel’s way of fighting back against a federal judge’s ruling earlier this year that the city’s ban on firearm sales was unconstitutional.
The mayor said Wednesday that under the rules he proposes, gun sales would not be permitted in 99.5 percent of the city. Emanuel also wants to limit gun purchases to once a month and that all sales be videotaped.
In addition, gun store owners and their workers would have to undergo a background check and training to determine which buyer might actually be a gun trafficker.
Gun rights groups are expected to fire back at Emanuel with Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson already discussing a lawsuit to stop implementation of the mayor’s plan.
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