Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to discuss a package of revisions to the city’s gun regulations that would limit firearms sales to gun ranges and specify limited areas of town where gun ranges might be established.

However City Attorney Grant Farrar, in a memo to the aldermen, says all of the specified areas are currently filled with existing businesses or other approved uses so no gun ranges could currently be established here under the revised ordinance.

The new regulations seek to bring the city code into compliance with recent Supreme Court ruling broadening gun-owner rights and state statutes preempting local control over many aspects of gun ownership.

The ordinance would bar gun ranges from within 250 feet of R1, R2 and R3 residentially zoned districts as well as any school, public park or childcare facility. It would also require approval of any gun range as a special use.

In a separate memo, Farrar says that the recent proposal from Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, to regulate the possession of firearms in multi-family residences could not be legally adopted by the city under current state statutes.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

Join the Conversation


  1. What terrible news. One of

    What terrible news. One of those spaces in near where I live and where hundreds of children live. I hope the aldermen decide that gun ranges have no place in Evanston or at least allow residents to vote before allowing any. 

    1. Somewhat confused

      I don't fully understand what is and is not permitted regarding guns and related issues.  While citizens of Evanston can own guns after complying with the laws,  must the city also allow gun ranges to be established?  This question came up in Niles, where a gun range will be located near Niles West High School.  Does the city have a right to totally outlaw gun ranges or must it make accomidations for their establishment?  The article does not make this clear.

      1. gun ranges
        The Evanston Gun Club is located off Dempster in Skokie….right by homes, traffic, and stores. Every Sunday morning you can hear shooting…..not cool!

        1. When and where should

          When and where should responsible gun owners practice learning how to handle their guns.

          1. where?
            Either way out in open country…(McHenry, for example)…OR bring back Gabby Hartnett’s!!!! (sorry, Sy’s Lanes)

    2. Gun Range in Evanston – Ridiculous!
      I too live near one of the spaces outlined on the map. I grew up in a home where guns were present and I am also ex-military personnel. I recognize there is a need for gun ranges… if only so that those who want to own a firearm are able to learn how to correctly use it. I temper that statement by saying there is absolutely no reason why a gun range needs to be housed in such a highly populated area as Evanston. I also believe our opinions to be moot. Any gun range that would potentially come to Evanston would be shoe-horned into the south, southwest or west end of Evanston because the people in power would never allow such a venue in north or northwest Evanston. If such a thing were even possible, the golf range area would be highlighted on this map….

  2. look carefully at the map

    it is oriented with North to the right — these are the open spaces we "don't have": when someone asks about a skate park.  Please let folks go elsewhere to practice their shooting.  

  3. Economic Development Opportunity
    This would be a good Economic Development Opportunity. Could have combination Gun range with a bowling Alley as part of the business. I’ve seen a number of postings from people over the last few years the need for one.

Leave a comment
The goal of our comment policy is to make the comments section a vibrant yet civil space. Treat each other with respect — even the people you disagree with. Whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims.

Your email address will not be published.