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bwiese
11-20-2008, 10:41 AM
Article link/content below.

Quotee Jeanne Bishop appears likely more than a resident and actually Jennifer Bishop of the Brady Campaign.



http://www.wbbm780.com/pages/3348067.php?contentType=4&contentId=3084616
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Winnetka Repeals Handgun Ban

Lisa Fielding, Reporting


WINNETKA, Ill. (WBBM) - An emotional night inside the Winnetka Village Council chamber as residents pleaded with council members to keep a 20-year old handgun ban in place.

The issue has come up because three Winnetka residents sued the village claiming the ban violated their Second Amendment rights.

Council members expressed their frustration over the vote and feared if they didn't repeal the ordinance it would cost the village thousands of dollars to fight the suit with risk of losing in court.

"This is a case of a lawsuit trumping democracy," said Councilman E. King Poor.

The council voted 6-0 to repeal the ban which would mean handguns in homes would now be permitted but firing guns and gun sales would stay illegal.

The lawsuit was filed in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said residents of Washington, D.C., a city under federal juristiction, could keep handguns for self defense. Resident Jeanne Bishop is upset with the repeal. She says Winnetka is a much less safe place now.

In the Chicago area, five suburbs--including Wilmette, Evanston, Morton Grove and Oak Park--had gun bans at the time of the Supreme Court ruling and had to take simliar measures to repeal bans.

Wilmette repealed its ordinance in July. Evanston revised its ordinance to allow possession of guns in homes, but the city is considering zoning changes that would prohibit gun stores and public shooting ranges.

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dfletcher
11-20-2008, 10:56 AM
Good news of course. What do you think of the "you can own a handgun but you can't buy one in the city" approach? Is that any different from "you can own a newspaper but you can't buy one in the city"?

And BTW, if City resident A wants to sell one of his guns to city resident B, exactly how do they go about it? Drive outside the city, swap gun for cash & drive home?

yellowfin
11-20-2008, 10:58 AM
Good grounds for a potential gun store to sue for discrimination. Then you've got an even better lawsuit on our side for applying the 2nd for commerce.

CCWFacts
11-20-2008, 11:02 AM
Resident Jeanne Bishop is upset with the repeal. She says Winnetka is a much less safe place now.

In other words, crime is about to spike up, something we'll be able to verify by looking at crime figures, or does she mean that she'll feel less safe because she hates guns and doesn't want her neighbors owning them, even if it has no impact, or even a beneficial impact, on crime rates?

yellowfin
11-20-2008, 11:49 AM
^ Perhaps she herself is a criminal, and thus she is less safe when she's going to try to rob someone there.

tmuller
11-20-2008, 12:15 PM
handguns in homes would now be permitted but firing guns and gun sales would stay illegal

Winnetka is a much less safe place now

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