Chicago Bans Guns in Restaurants
The Chicago City Council voted to ban concealed weapons in all bars and restaurants that sell liquor.
State legislators were forced by a federal appeals court in July to adopt a law allowing residents to carry concealed weapons in Illinois, the only state that still banned the practice.
Aldermen watered down that ordinance, but then approved the gun ban for bars and restaurants. They took turns defending the new ban and issued a challenge to gun-rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association, said the Chicago Tribune.
"Bullets and booze don't mix," said Alderman Edward Burke, one of the sponsors of the ordinance. "For those of you who might be worried about the expense of defending this when the NRA sues, as they've threatened to do, (a Chicago law firm) has agreed to represent the city to defend this matter on a pro bono basis."