One year after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Chicago’s handgun ban, some of those seeking to legally own a gun in the city say the process to obtain a permit is cumbersome.
In the year since the Supreme Court decision, the Chicago Police Department says it has received roughly 3,500 applications from Chicagoans who want to possess a handgun in their homes. 98 percent are approved.
However, in Chicago, over 100,000 people have firearm owner identification (FOID) cards.
“There are 100,000 FOID owners in Chicago alone and there’s only 3,500 people who’ve applied for the handgun permit,” said gun owner Colleen Lawson. “Does that strike you as a bit of a discrepancy?”
Chicagoans who want to own a handgun must go through a criminal background check, take a four-hour classroom course on firearms, and spend an hour on a shooting range. However, there are no shooting ranges in Chicago, because the city doesn’t allow it.
Applications and fingerprints require a personal appearance. There is only one place where that can be done: a city office on S. Kedzie, open only on weekdays.
Source: Paul Meincke for ABC.