By Mary Wisniewski
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago City Council is expected to vote on Wednesday in favor of a tough new gun shop law that requires videotaping gun purchases and limiting sales to one per month per buyer.
The ordinance, proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, comes in response to a January court order invalidating a longtime ban on gun shops within the nation’s third-largest city. The law also would require a 72-hour waiting period to purchase handguns and a 24-hour waiting period to purchase rifles and shotguns.
Under the ordinance, gun store employees would have to undergo background checks, and sellers would need to prepare quarterly inventory audits and make store records available for police inspection. Gun sales would be prohibited within 500 feet of schools.
The court order had given the city six months to come up with gun store policies.
Emanuel has stressed the need to strictly control gun sales within the bounds of the court order. Chicago has been plagued by a gun-related homicide rate that is three times higher than New York’s and twice that of Los Angeles.
The Illinois State Rifle Association, a gun rights group, has said that the restrictions would make it too difficult for anyone to open a Chicago gun store.