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    WILMETTE, Ill. -- [/b]Wilmette has suspended enforcement of its 19-year-old ordinance banning handgun possession in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that appears to invalidate such bans

    In a 5-4 decision, the court struck down Washington, D.C.'s ban on handguns, a prohibition similar to those used in several major cities, including Chicago, and a handful of suburbs including Wilmette, Evanston, Winnetka and Oak Park."The Law Department and the Police Department have suspended enforcement of the ordinance pending further review by the Village Board," Wilmette village attorney Tim Frenzer said Thursday. "Based on the decision today, at a minimum it calls into serious question the continued viability of the ordinance."Frenzer said questions remain about how directly the court's decision will impact local gun laws in Wilmette and other parts of the country. Washington is not a state, and each state has its own legal language governing the right to bear arms.

    That aside, the opinion will require further review and discussion by the Village Board, but it's prudent at this point to suspend enforcement of it," Frenzer said.Wilmette's law, enacted in 1989, levied fines of up to $750 for handgun possession and allowed the village to seek a judge's order to have seized weapons destroyed.Frenzer said he did not know exactly how many times the law has been invoked, but said its use is rare.The last case he recalls involved a 2003 incident in which a resident, Hale DeMar, was cited after using a handgun to shoot and wound a burglar in his home. The case mobilized state gun right groups and led to the passage of a law that gave gun owners a defense to local prohibitions if the weapon was used in self-defense.Wilmette's charges against DeMar were eventually dropped. He could not be reached for comment Thursday.Wilmette Police Chief George Carpenter declined to comment on the high court's ruling, saying he had not yet had a chance to read the decision or review it with village staff.

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    WILMETTE, Ill. -- [/b]Wilmette has suspended enforcement of its 19-year-old ordinance banning handgun possession in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that appears to invalidate such bans

    In a 5-4 decision, the court struck down Washington, D.C.'s ban on handguns, a prohibition similar to those used in several major cities, including Chicago, and a handful of suburbs including Wilmette, Evanston, Winnetka and Oak Park."The Law Department and the Police Department have suspended enforcement of the ordinance pending further review by the Village Board," Wilmette village attorney Tim Frenzer said Thursday. "Based on the decision today, at a minimum it calls into serious question the continued viability of the ordinance."Frenzer said questions remain about how directly the court's decision will impact local gun laws in Wilmette and other parts of the country. Washington is not a state, and each state has its own legal language governing the right to bear arms.

    That aside, the opinion will require further review and discussion by the Village Board, but it's prudent at this point to suspend enforcement of it," Frenzer said.Wilmette's law, enacted in 1989, levied fines of up to $750 for handgun possession and allowed the village to seek a judge's order to have seized weapons destroyed.Frenzer said he did not know exactly how many times the law has been invoked, but said its use is rare.The last case he recalls involved a 2003 incident in which a resident, Hale DeMar, was cited after using a handgun to shoot and wound a burglar in his home. The case mobilized state gun right groups and led to the passage of a law that gave gun owners a defense to local prohibitions if the weapon was used in self-defense.Wilmette's charges against DeMar were eventually dropped. He could not be reached for comment Thursday.Wilmette Police Chief George Carpenter declined to comment on the high court's ruling, saying he had not yet had a chance to read the decision or review it with village staff.

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    Te question is: What is Mayor Dufus Daley or Dailey gonna do? Is he going to accept the law and the constiution or does he believe ih is above such stuff? As important is what are the Chicago cops gonna do/ I well remember living in Logan Square in the late 1960s before I came west and I recall those guys running around shaking everyone they stopped.
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    Doug, I hope you are right. Which ever way Chicago goes, the rest of Illinois will follow.



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    Doug, I hope you are right. Which ever way Chicago goes, the rest of Illinois will follow.



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    Doug, I hope you are right. Which ever way Chicago goes, the rest of Illinois will follow.



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    Doug, I hope you are right. Which ever way Chicago goes, the rest of Illinois will follow.



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    AbNo, I hope you are right. Whichever way hicago goes, the rest of Illinois will follow...........Colorado

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    AbNo, I hope you are right. Whichever way hicago goes, the rest of Illinois will follow...........Colorado

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