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Chicago's Ban On Gun Sales Ruled Unconstitutional By Federal Judge

The city's law banning sales of the weapons goes "too far," a judge said Monday.

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Chicago's strictest-in-the-nation law banning gun sales in the city is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Monday, saying the ban went "too far."

The judge delayed the effect of the ruling to give the city time to file a response to the decision, Bloomberg reported.

"Chicago's ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms," U.S. District Court Judge Edmond E. Chang wrote in a 35-page opinion.

The ordinance, passed in 2010 by the city council, has banned gun shops in Chicago and also prohibits gun owners from stepping outside their homes with a handgun — even into their garages or onto their porches.

Chicago previously banned handguns in the city for 28 years until 2010, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the law.

The city, President Obama's hometown, has struggled with gun violence and ended 2013 with 415 homicides, 88 fewer than in 2012 and 20 fewer than in 2011, according to an Associated Press tally. It was the lowest number of killings in the city since 1965.

Jon Passantino is the Los Angeles bureau chief for BuzzFeed News.

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