Chicago hates poor people…

Have you looked over the Chicago PD’s list of handguns that are deemed “unsafe?” Any firearm on this list will not be allowed (legally) in the city.  And, as you might imagine, some of those guns considered unsafe are real head-scratchers.

Now, I totally disagree with the government deciding which guns are “safe” for me to own and use, but at least a few of them I can strain, and kind of see the logic.  For example, anything without a trigger guard seems to be eliminated from consideration.  This disallowed includes the modern NAA minis to the rather ancient Smith & Wesson Model 1.  Like I said, I totally disagree with the ban, but I can at least see how someone would assume a lack of trigger guard would mean the gun is unsafe.

But, I saw two other things on the list.

The first is that inexpensive handguns are banned.  Guns like Hi-Point, Cobra Enterprises, Bryco, Jennings, et al.  Now, I might not pick a Hi-Point as my first choice in self-defense, but I sure as hell would buy one if that’s all I could afford.  And, I’m sure it would be up to the task of home defense in most instances.

The reality is that “cheap” guns are all some folks can afford.  The harsh reality is that frequently the people needing a gun for self defense the most are often the people who can least afford one.  People living in low-income areas, generally, are exposed to more violent crime.  So by eliminating inexpensive handguns, the city of Chicago makes self-defense a distant dream for the people needing protection the most.

Before you ask, no, there are no plans to redeploy police resources from the areas where people can afford to protect themselves, to the areas where the city is effectively maintaining the un-Constitutional handgun ban.

The other thing I saw was evil .22 pistols that look mean are also deemed unsafe.  Guns like the mass-murderin’ Walther P22 and the super deadly Sig Sauer Mosquito in ultra-lethal pink.  Really?  I guess “high capacity rimfires” are the new AK-47.  Nobody better tell them about Kel-Tec’s PMR-30!

I don’t claim to be an expert on Illinois law, so I don’t know what their state laws look like regarding how guns are allowed to look (aka ‘assault weapon ban’), but I’m guessing pistol versions of the AR are already excluded from the state, otherwise they would have been included in the Chicago list.  Same with the FN Five-seveN.  I could be wrong, and Chicago merely forgot to ban them…but I doubt it.

It’s not bad enough for Chicago to dance up and down on the Second Amendment rights of the citizens, but they also have to try to play Nanny State while they are at it.  At some point, the citizens of Chicago are just going to march over to city hall with pitchforks and torches to oust Frankenstein’s mobster.  The sooner, the better, if you ask me.

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  1. cavalier says:

    I recognize a number of those companies as being from the 19th century. I admit that shooting a 100+ year old gun isn’t the safest thing to do, but does this mean you can’t have an antique gun collection in Chicago? All the collectors must live out in the suburbs.

  2. You mean the Daisy Red Ryder is band.

    “You’ll shoot your eye out” –The Christmas Story

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