Police Superintendent Jody Weis said that those who want guns must be fingerprinted, submit to a background check, pay a $100 application fee and then $15 for each gun they register. Police also said they are initially giving themselves 120 days to process applications.
The new law, which officials say is the strictest of its kind in the nation, was pushed by Mayor Richard Daley and passed by the City Council July 2, just a few days after the Supreme Court ruled on that Americans have a right to possess handguns for protection.
Perhaps not surprisingly given how quickly city officials moved, Weis acknowledged that the department did not yet have all the information residents will need to obtain what is called a Chicago Firearms Permit. Read more
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