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Posted: 5/2/2002 8:00:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/2/2002 8:02:08 PM EDT by Bolt223]
U.S. Newswire 1 May 9:15 Last Vestiges of Chicago's Shooting Sports Traditions Crushed As Hunting Rifle Ban Goes Into Effect, Says ISRA To: State Desk Contact: Richard Pearson of the Illinois State Rifle Association, 815-635-3198; Web site: http://www.isra.org The final remnants of what were once thriving shooting sports traditions will be snuffed out on May 1st when the city of Chicago enacts a ban on rifles having bores of .50 caliber or greater. The ban includes black powder rifles - the only rifles approved for deer hunting in the state. The hunting rifle ban serves as the final chapter in a two-decade long effort on the part of Chicago city officials to obliterate the shooting sports. In the 1980s, the city's handgun ban effectively told competitive pistol shooters to either give up their sport, or to get out of town. Later, the so-called "assault weapons" ban gave thousands of additional residents the choice of giving up high power rifle competition, or moving out of Chicago. On May 1st, deer hunters will be given that same choice - give up hunting or leave the city. Chicago Police Superintendent Terry Hillard penned the directive banning hunting rifles at the behest of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Under the Chicago Municipal Code, Hillard is granted exclusive authority to ban firearms however and whenever he chooses. His boss, Richie Daley, has said time and time again that if it were up to him, nobody would own a gun. With Daley and Hillard in power, it was only a matter of time before hunters were targeted for extinction. Other than a handful shotgun owners, the only Chicagoans who will own guns after May 1st will be those who refused to register their guns with the city and, of course, the legions of gun toting criminals who roam Chicago's streets. Chicago residents who have failed to register their guns and/or failed to dispose of them as of May 1st may soon find their homes being raided by members of the Chicago Police Department's notorious CAGE unit. Since there are no apparent plans to confiscate guns from criminals, Chicago will probably retain its title as the nations murder capitol -- a pathetic and enduring testimonial to Superintendent Hillard's ineptitude. "The events of this week in Chicago are yet another example of why the Illinois General Assembly needs to pass statewide firearm preemption," said ISRA president Richard Pearson. "The authority to regulate private firearm ownership should lie with the legislature, and not be placed in the hands of a political appointee like Terry Hillard." http://www.usnewswire.com/topnews/first/0501-102.html
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