Members of the Zoning Committee of the Evanston Plan Commission voted Wednesday night to amend the city’s zoning code to prohibit gun sales as a use in retail zones in the city.

A provision in the public safety title of the city code already bans anyone from engaging in the business of firearms sales here.

But aldermen, disappointed that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling forced them to repeal the city’s ban on handgun possession, requested the zoning change anyway.

On a motion by Plan Commission Chairman James Woods, the committee members asked city staff to research expanding the prohibition to ban the manufacturer of firearms in the city and the operation of shooting ranges.

But Woods added, “I don’t have any problem with paint ball or laser tag.”

The committee scheduled its next meeting for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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