The Chicago City Council's Public Safety Committee voted Monday to make a number of changes to the city's gun control ordinance in order to get in line with the state's recently-passed concealed carry legislation.
The committee voted to repeal the city's firearms permit requirements and gun registry, much to the satisfaction of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
“Mayor Daley’s pinnacle handgun ordinance after the loss in the McDonald decision is now, for all intents and purposes, gutted,” Todd Vandermyde, NRA legislative liaison, said.
“The Chicago firearms permit requirements are gone. The registration of all firearms, for the first time in my lifetime, are gone. Those are some significant developments.”
The public safety committee also voted in favor of the mayor's proposal to boost penalties and fines for gun crimes committed within 100 feet of public transportation stops.
“As a city, we have a responsibility to protect riders of buses and trains, especially the many students who rely on the CTA as a key mode of transportation, from the dangers of gun violence,” Emanuel said in a statement in response to the vote.
The changes will go up for a full vote at the next city council meeting, scheduled for this coming Wednesday, September 11.