On Tuesday, a federal judge said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel can have six months before being forced to allow gun shops to open in the city.
A federal judge struck down Chicago's ban on gun stores earlier this month. Emanuel said he was not interested in taking the issue to court, instead requesting a six-month delay in order to come up with restrictions before gun dealers open up their businesses.
“I am pleased the court granted our request for a six-month delay to allow time to adopt a municipal ordinance regulating firearm sales in Chicago," the mayor said in a statement following the judge's decision. "Our goal is to create the strictest regulations that protect our residents and also comply with the court order without undermining the progress we have made in reducing violent crime throughout our city. We owe nothing less to the children, families and residents of Chicago than to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and straw purchasers.”
So far, Emanuel has indicated plans to ban gun sales near schools and similar areas.