New law aims to prohibit gun shops in most of Chicago

A gun shop worker holds a Remington 870 Express shotgun. (File) (Joshua Lott, Getty Images)
A gun shop worker holds a Remington 870 Express shotgun. (File) (Joshua Lott, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/25 11:41 am

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance that dramatically limits where gun stores can operate -- and requires them to videotape every purchase to prevent one person from buying a gun for another.

Following a vote of 48-0 Wednesday, the ordinance comes after a January federal court ruling gave Chicago until July 14 to put gun store rules in place. The proposal has been criticized by firearms rights groups and will likely prompt a legal fight.

Chicago has been at the center of national debate over gun control and gun violence — even before its decades-old handgun ban was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010.

The new law would prohibit gun shops in most of Chicago. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city created a "smart, tough and enforceable ordinance."

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