Illinois’ and Chicago’s gun laws have taken a beating over the past few years. For a while, Illinois was the only state left to have an outright ban on concealed carry. You could have a gun, but it couldn’t leave your house.
A little over a year ago, the U.S Appeals Court struck down their ban as unconstitutional and forced their state legislature to formulate laws that would allow concealed carry. They finally enacted a concealed carry law last summer, albeit a highly restrictive one.
Now, Chicago’s gun laws are coming under attack, this time from an Obama-appointed judge. Chicago had a ban on gun sales inside city limits. As a result, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of an Illinois gun association and several residents. CNS News reported:
U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang said Monday that while the government has a duty to protect its citizens, it’s also obligated to protect constitutional rights, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. However, Chang said he would temporarily stay the effects of his ruling, meaning the ordinances can stand while the city decides whether to appeal…
In his 35-page opinion, Chang said he understood Chicago enacted the gun sale ban to safeguard its residents. “That is one of the fundamental duties of government: to protect its citizens,” he wrote. “But on the other side of this case is another feature of government: certain fundamental rights are protected by the Constitution, put outside government’s reach, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense under the Second Amendment.”
This comes as a bit of a surprise considering that Judge Chang is from New York City, a liberal bastion of gun control. And he was nominated by anti-gun Obama in 2010 and confirmed by a largely anti-gun Senate. And he presides over the Northern District of [anti-gun] Illinois, where anti-gun Chicago is. You’d think that such a judge would rule on the side of gun control, not gun rights.