Wednesday, September 05, 2007

D.C. gun case may hit Chicago's Gun Ban

The Chicago Tribune reports:
Those who would do away with Washington's near-total ban on handguns will tell you point-blank their next target: Chicago.

Gun-rights advocates scored a stunning success earlier this year when a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court in Washington swept aside the District of Columbia's ban on owning handguns, which had been in place since 1976.

On Tuesday, the district government appealed the decision to the Supreme Court. If the court takes the case, as many observers believe it will, it could place Chicago's handgun ban, as well as similar laws nationwide, in jeopardy.

"There is reason to be concerned at this point," said Thomas Mannard, executive director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence.

"Chicago would be the logical follow-up," said Robert Levy, a libertarian activist who filed the case against the D.C. ban. Levy, too, wants the Supreme Court to take the case, making this a rare instance when both sides in a dispute hope an appeal goes forward.
Chicago's gun ban is also in jeopardy because the Alderman who organized the vote on the ban was a high ranking "made member" of the Chicago Mob.The Justice department has a big trial going on right now against the Chicago Mob where the entire organization is named as a racketeering enterprise.Even though Alderman Roti is dead his name has come up at the trial.On page 47 of this civil racketeering indictment Alderman Roti was named as a "made member".One of the great accomplishments of Alderman Roti's was helping put William Hanhardt in the position of Chief of Detectives of Chicago.Hanhardt went on to run the most prolific jewelry theft ring in American history.The Chicago police have recently had several corrupt police officers caught up in scandal.The gun control people never seem to have a problem with police having a monopoly on gun ownership.What if the town has corrupt police,who's the honest citizen supposed to turn to?