Chicago has had laws in place that ban the sale of virtually all sales and transfers for firearms. Monday, January 6th, 2014, a federal judge ruled the bans to be be Unconstitutional.
“Chicago’s ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms. (…) on the other side of this case is another feature of government: certain fundamental rights are protected by the Constitution, put outside government’s reach, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense under the Second Amendment,” wrote U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang.
The Chicago Tribune notes that “The ruling also would make it legal for individuals to transfer ownership of a firearm as a gift or through a private sale as long as the recipient was at least 18 and had a firearm owner’s identification card”.
Unfortunately, the ruling doesn’t change anything yet because the ruling’s effect was delayed to give the city time to appeal.
Second Amendment Foundation Vice President Alan Gottlieb commented:
“Once again it has taken a federal court ruling to convince city government that Chicago is not a city-state in the middle of the United States, but part of a nation that is bound by the Constitution and must honor all of its provisions, including the right to keep and bear arms.”