In response to a recent Supreme Court opinion declaring its gun ban unconstitutional, Chicago’s new gun ordinance went into effect Monday. While having a gun in Chicago is now OK, the law creates significant barriers to ownership, and law suits have already been filed challenging the new city ordinance.
But there’s no worry that the city of Champaign might see the same kind of challenges. It’s hard to challenge a law that doesn’t exist.
Champaign has no ordinance regulating gun ownership within the city limits, other than one sentence that, in effect, says, “If you can’t do it Illinois, you can’t do it in Champaign.” In other words, the city goes no further than state law in gun regulation.
Second Amendment arguments aside, let’s look at what this means for residents of the city of Champaign. Assistant City Attorney Trisha Crowley briefed me on the basics:
What it comes down to is that “gun ownership laws are the same as any statewide provision,” Crowley said.
There is, however, special mention of arrows in the municipal code: “It shall be unlawful to shoot any bow or to discharge any arrow in the City.”
So no bow hunting inside the city limits this fall, I guess.