Judges gives Chicago 6 months to approve gun shop rules

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A federal judge granted the City of Chicago a 6 month delay in allowing gun stores to open in the city.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wanted the extra time to set up some regulations about where gun shops can be located.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the extension was expected after Emanuel said last week that he wouldn’t fight U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang’s order in court because he wasn’t interested in in “litigation for the purpose of litigation.” The city has suffered a series of legal setbacks in recent years while fighting in court to reverse rulings favoring firearms advocates.

After the ruling, Emanuel released the following statement:“I am pleased the court granted our request for a six-month delay to allow time to adopt a municipal ordinance regulating firearm sales in Chicago. Our goal is to create the strictest regulations that protect our residents and also comply with the court order without undermining the progress we have made in reducing violent crime throughout our city. We owe nothing less to the children, families and residents of Chicago than to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

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