Chicagoans Packing Heat Despite Handgun Ban


Gun rights versus gun control; both sides are bringing their message front and center. Hundreds sang and prayed for peace Wednesday night at an anti-gun rally in Rogers Park. The Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. read the names of 36 Chicago Public School students killed just this year. And in a powerful symbol of the lives lost, youngsters laid down on the sidewalk.

CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports that now the battle over guns moves to Washington.

Mayor Daley and the National Rifle Association are headed to the U.S. Supreme Court for a showdown over Chicago's ban on handguns. There are powerful, compelling arguments on both sides. CBS 2 talked to a shop owner who said that if he had obeyed the city's ban, he'd be dead.

“We were actually broken into, you know, during the day,” he said.

He owns a small business on the South Side. He doesn't want us to reveal his identity. Although it's illegal in Chicago, he often packs a .25 caliber pistol. He claims it saved his life twice, most notably when a robber hit him from behind with a hammer.

“As he reached to hit me again, I drew my pistol,” he said. “He saw the pistol, and I shot and missed him totally 'cause I was half-knocked. He took off running.”

Chicago police who responded did what officers often do in the city's toughest neighborhoods. They pretended that the victim had not broken the law by defending himself with an illegal handgun. Read more »


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