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Judge overturns part of Chicago's gun law

CHICAGO – A federal judge has ruled as unconstitutional a section of Chicago's gun law that bans permits for people convicted of unlawful use of a weapon.

U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan ruled Tuesday the ordinance doesn't adequately define "unlawful use of a weapon," noting it can mean different things in different jurisdictions.

The ruling is the result of a lawsuit filed by Shawn Gowder, who claimed his constitutional right to bear arms was violated when he was denied a firearm permit because of a misdemeanor conviction for gun possession on a public street. He filed the lawsuit after being denied a permit in 2010.

Chicago Law Department spokesman Roderick Drew says city officials are disappointed with the opinion and will advise police on how to proceed with enforcement of the law.


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