BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuelâ€™s proposal to slap law-abiding Illinois gun owners with a handgun registration mandate that includes a $65 per-gun fee is â€œnothing more than a maneuver to discourage gun ownership in the face of court rulings that have gone against Chicagoâ€™s stubborn gun ban mentality,â€ the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
Under Emanuelâ€™s proposal, any Illinois resident purchasing a handgun would be hit with the $65 registration requirement, which is over and above current statutory requirements that include possession of a Firearm Ownerâ€™s Identification (FOID) card.
â€œThis is Rahm Emanuelâ€™s childish strategy of striking back at the Second Amendment,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb. â€œChicago lost before the Supreme Court in the landmark McDonald case, and its horribly written handgun ordinance has also been rejected by a federal appeals court.
â€œBecause he is on the losing end of the gun rights battle,â€ Gottlieb continued, â€œMayor Emanuel now wants to take out his frustration on every law-abiding gun owner in Illinois. This is the kind of reaction one expects from a five-year-old throwing a temper tantrum, but it should be beneath the dignity of an adult who is supposed to be the leader of one of the nationâ€™s largest cities.â€
Emanuel claims that his measure is aimed at helping police, parents and community groups. But State Rep. Brandon Phelps, a Harrisburg Democrat, called the proposal a â€œslap in the face of every law-abiding gun owner.â€ Gottlieb concurs with that assessment.
â€œRahm Emanuel is a both a product, and a philosophical poster child, of two anti-gun administrations,â€ he said. â€œHe served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations, always as point man on gun control initiatives. He does not seem to grasp the reality that American citizens, including those living in Illinois, have a constitutionally-protected civil right to keep and bear arms for their personal protection.
â€œMayor Emanuelâ€™s crass effort to infringe on that right through legislative demagoguery is insulting and immature,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œThis is the kind of behavior that continues to land Chicago in court, and pretty soon, taxpayers will grow tired of entertaining his anti-gun agenda with their dollars.â€