Chicago gun ban struck down. [photo via Mayor Rahm Emanuel's official site]

Chicago gun ban struck down.
[photo via Mayor Rahm Emanuel's official site]

BANNING guns is unconstitutional, not to mention punitive, with the ruling by U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang correct.

A Chicago law prohibiting the sale of guns within the third-most populous U.S. city was struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge. “Chicago’s ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms,” U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang wrote in a decision yesterday. [Bloomberg]

It’s hard to fathom the logic behind lawmakers going this route to solve unlawful gun purchases, but then, I’m married to a gun expert, who’s owned all matter of firearms.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a quick response.

“The Mayor strongly disagrees with the court’s decision and has instructed the city’s Corporation Counsel to consider all options to better regulate the sale of firearms within the city’s borders,” Roderick Drew, a spokesman for the Chicago’s Department of Law, said in an e-mail. “Every year Chicago Police recover more illegal guns than officers in any city in the country, a factor of lax federal laws as well as lax laws in Illinois and surrounding states related to straw purchasing and the transfer of guns.”

We’re a gun owning family, who also agrees with the Mayor on illegal guns, background checks, and “lax laws” regarding straw purchasing. The answer, however, is not to ban all guns within the city limits.