Chicago gun sale ban unconstitutional, judge rules

A federal judge has ruled that Chicago's ban on the sale of firearms is unconstitutional.

Judge Edmond E. Chang issued his ruling Monday in a lawsuit by the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers and three Chicago residents.

Chang noted Chicago's ban not only covers federally licensed firearms dealers, but also gifts among family members, all in the name of reducing gun violence.

Chang said a fundamental duty of government is to protect its citizens. However, he said it's also obligated to protect fundamental rights named in the Constitution, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.

The judge said Chicago's ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms.

The ruling comes on the same day that Illinois's online application system for concealed carry permits went public. About 4,500 requests were filed, which swelled the total number of requests in the state to 11,000, the Illinois State Police said.

In July, Illinois became the last U.S. state to approve legislation allowing residents to carry concealed weapons.