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Civil Rights Victory in Chicago

Chicago is now forced to register SKS rifles.

5 Responses to “Civil Rights Victory in Chicago”

  1. David Lawson says:

    This ruling prevents Chicago from arbitrarily denying any firearm simply because it could be modified into an unregisterable configuration.

    Chicago argued that the SKS (in fixed magazine configuration) couldn’t be registered because they could be modified to accept detachable magazines.

    However, this logic can be used to ban almost any firearm as most can be modified given enough time and skill. My lawyer’s example of sawing a shotgun short is a good one. We also argued that my registered 10/22 could be modified to an unregisterable configuration by swapping out the stock.

  2. Robert says:

    Anyone want to bet on how many cases Chicago looses before they stop violating people’s rights? At this point they’ve got to be feeling a little punch drunk. Maybe they’ll wise up and throw in the towel.

  3. Zermoid says:

    “David Lawson Said,
    August 8th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    We also argued that my registered 10/22 could be modified to an unregisterable configuration by swapping out the stock.”

    Just what is a “registerable configuration”?
    From what I read the 10/22 is already unregisterable as it takes detachable mags, isn’t it?
    Asinine rules if I ever heard them. Why should it matter what it has? Especially the ‘swap the stock and it’s illegal’ crap. How is changing the stock really doing anything to the gun it’s self? Still fires the same ammo, still is just as lethal with either stock so what’s the big deal?

    STUPID Laws………….

  4. David Lawson says:

    The ordinance restricts semi-auto rifles that have a detachable magazine and one scary feature, such as bayonet mount or pistol grip.

    A 10/22 with a pistol-grip stock is unregisterable. I use a short hand phrase “unregisterable configuration” to refer to the various combinations.

    Yes, it is silly.

    By the way, the old ordinance that was replaced in July 2010, specifically listed rifles that were banned. Some of the entries were specific and others were more general. For instance, they banned “AK-47 type” rifles in order to catch clones. For SKS, they listed “SKS (with detachable magazine)”. In 2007, Cook County cut-pasted that old Chicago ordinance into its AWB.

  5. Anyone want to bet on how many cases Chicago looses before they stop violating people’s rights?

    All of them …

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