Franzese already owns one gun shop, Second Amendment Arms in Lake Villa. But his goal of opening gun shops in Chicago, including Lincoln Park and on Michigan Avenue, has been halted due to new ordinances set in place by the Chicago City Council regarding the sale and ownership of guns in the city.
Franzese and former United States Marine Robert Zieman, Sr., have now filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago and a number of city officials, alleging the new ordinances are unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed against the City of Chicago, Mayor Richard M. Daley – as an individual and as mayor, – Superintendent of Police Jody P. Weis, City Clerk Miguel Del Valle and Maria Georges – as an individual and as corporation counsel.
“I filed the lawsuit because I want to sell a legal product and you can’t outlaw a legal product,” said Franzese.
According to the lawsuit filed by Franzese’s attorney, Walter Maksym, the United States Supreme Court on June 28 struck down the City of Chicago’s previous gun ban ordinance that had been in place for 28 years. The ordinance, Maksym wrote in his complaint, “banned handguns by making them ‘unregisterable’ by law-abiding citizens, and thereby prohibited and was designed to render their ownership, transfer and possession illegal.”
Franzese, who has owned Second Amendment Arms in Lake Villa for two years, then submitted two business license applications with the Chicago City Clerk’s office with the intent of opening gun shops in Lincoln Park and on Michigan Avenue.
Within a couple of days, however, city officials adopted a new set of ordinances regarding the sale and ownership of guns. Maksym said these ordinances call for extensive training, require gun owners to obtain a $100 renewable permit every three years and prohibit gun owners from taking those guns outside of their homes – even in their backyards.
“People get killed in the streets. People get mugged in their backyards,” said Maksym, who also is one of the lawyers representing Drew Peterson in his pending murder case. “They’re saying you can only keep arms in your home but not bear arms.”
Source: Korrina Grom for Liberty Review.