Probably a Bit Optimistic

Chicago area gun stores are preparing for a huge surge in sales. I think they may be underestimating how many obstacles Daley is going to throw in the way of residents who want handguns. Technically it’s legal in DC to get a handgun if you jump through all the hoops, but my understanding is that very few people have. Even if McDonald is a win, it’s not going to be like Chicago residents will be able to head out to the gun shop and pick up a heater. There will still be a process, and it’s probably not going to be easy.

We probably stand a good chance of getting many of those obstacles removed in later cases, but it’s going to take a while.

4 Responses to “Probably a Bit Optimistic”

  1. Melancton Smith says:

    The thing is that there is an existing process now that is being used by cops, security guards, and civilians that have grandfathered handguns. Chicago might have a hard time explaining why they suddenly need a new process when they’ve been allowing folks to register handguns all along.

  2. M Gallo says:

    The population of Chicago is large enough that even a small percentage jumping through the hoops would be a big deal, though.

  3. Turk Turon says:

    IANAL, but once McDonald is law, there will probably be a flood of new cases nationwide, not just Chicago or DC. And if SCOTUS refuses to hear the appeals, the decisions will stand, and will have force nationwide. So, for example, a case challenging an onerous registration scheme in New York City would apply also to Chicago, San Francisco and DC. A win in McDonald will make every local case a potential national case. Not that there won’t be obstreperous judges like Brooklyn’s Jack Weinstein, but even he can be overruled by a superior court.

  4. Matthew Carberry says:

    Don’t forget Palmer (carry) is waiting in the wings.

    It should be announced about the same time as McDonald and if it applies to DC it will apply to Chicago.