The Zoning Committee of the Evanston Plan Commission is scheduled to consider tonight a ban on the retail sale of guns and ammunition in the city.

Update 5:17 p.m.: We’ve just received word that tonight’s meeting has been cancelled for lack of a quorum and has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

The ban proposal was recommended to the zoning group by the City Council’s Planning and Development Committee, and the council would ultimately have to approve the ban for it to go into effect.

The measure was suggested by Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, after the city agreed to eliminate its prohibition on the possession of handguns in town to resolve a lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association after the Supreme Court ruled a similar ordinance in Washington, D.C., was unconstitutional.

The ordinance would add gun dealers to a list of businesses, including tattoo parlors, that are not permitted in Evanston.

The Zoning Committee meets at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Big Deal
    I already legally own a handgun in Evanston. I buy my ammo elsewhere and would continue to do so even if Evanston allowed it to be sold here (I don’t patronize Marxist thugs). Is this news?


  2. Why are we tempting litigation?
    First, I agree with LDEllis that I would buy my gun and ammo else where because of the expense.

    But more importantly, why are we tempting litigation with the NRA? The legal battle won’t be free after you take in hidden costs? My auditors may not bill their time but they still bill their expenses. A lawyer friend told me that firms take big cases like these for “free” legal fees. i.e. you don’t pay for the lawyers but you pay for everything else, their travel time, etc (everything but their time).

    It took 70+ plus years for the courts to make this decision. Why doesn’t the city be patient and wait a few years for Chicago to fight this battle and pay for the expenses. Rather than jump on the instant bandwagon of lets pay for more litigation for a policy that we can agree with or without a ban there a guns in evanston. just look at recent police blotter

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