‘Gun Free Zones’ proposed at some Chicago restaurants

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An ordinance to create “Gun Free Zones” at some restaurants in Chicago will go before a City Council committee today.

Aldermen Brendan Reilly, 42nd Ward, and Ed Burke, 14th Ward, have proposed the ordinance to ban all concealed weapons from places where alcohol is sold.
The law would require restaurants that sell alcohol to post signs banning all guns at their entrances.

The ordinance exempts current or retired law enforcement officers as well as the owner or tenant of the property.

Businesses that sell packaged liquor, but do not serve alcohol,  are also exempt from the proposed law.

The Council’s finance committee is expected to vote on the ordinance today before it goes to the full council.

Todd Vandermyde of the National Rifle Association said, “the law allows businesses to make a choice.  It’s should be up to that business owner to decide what they want to do for their own patrons.”

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