Chicago Gets a Minor Win

by militialaw on January 6, 2014

A federal judge ruled Chicago was infringing on the Second Amendment by enacting laws that prevented the sale of firearms in Chicago. That’s great, I just wish the plaintiff wasn’t so neutered in his response:

‘All the people I know who own guns legally are really careful,’ said Pacholski, whose wife, also was a plaintiff. ‘I’m a collector; my guns are not going anywhere unless I know where they’re going because I don’t want to be responsible for someone’s death.’

First, the Second Amendment has nothing to do with being a “careful” owner.

Second, you aren’t responsible for third party criminal conduct in Illinois (and possibly in any US jurisdiction). Thus, the “I don’t want to be responsible for someone’s death” suggests that gun owners have some level of responsibility to make sure they background the buyer of a firearm. Backgrounding is not for private citizens and definitely not for the government in connection with firearm ownership.

I don’t know what sound bit I was expecting, but something a little toothier would have been appropriate given Chicago’s long grip on its People’s rights.

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