Gun sales in Chicago could soon be videotaped as part of a rigid new proposal
CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, introduced a controversial proposal that would significantly limit gun dealers ability to operate in the city, including requiring gun sales be videotaped. The measure would ban gun stores near schools and parks and would also require a 72-hour waiting period for purchasing handguns and a 24-hour waiting period for rifles and shotguns. Dealers would then be able to sell only one handgun per month, per buyer and store records would be subject to quarterly audits. The stores also must have a police-approved security plan before they could open. The plan would have to include exterior lighting, surveillance cameras, alarm systems and gun and ammunition storage. Store employees would have to "undergo fingerprinting, background checks and training on identifying potential gun traffickers." If the city revoked its business license for ordinance violations, the store could not reopen at the same location for three years. The proposal is in response to January's federal court ruling that deemed Chicago's longtime ban on gun stores unconstitutional. The court gave the city six months to approve store restrictions while lifting the ban. The measure was introduced at a city council meeting this week without discussion and then referred to the council's Public Safety Committee. Emanuel calls the plan "a smart, tough and enforceable way to prevent illegal guns in the city of Chicago." A vote on the proposal has not yet been scheduled.