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Gun ranges to be allowed in Chicago under Rahm Emanuel’s proposal

Updated: October 22, 2011 12:15AM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will introduce an ordinance next week to allow gun ranges to operate in Chicago.

To obtain a gun permit in Chicago, residents must now travel to a suburban gun range to complete a mandated firearms training course.

The city is currently facing a federal lawsuit saying the city’s ban of gun ranges in the city has created a burden for those seeking a Chicago gun permit.

The new ordinance should address the concerns raised in the lawsuit, officials say.

The proposed ordinance limits gun ranges to areas zoned for manufacturing. Outdoor ranges would be banned.

Anyone opening a gun range would have to obtain a gun permit from the city and obtain approval from the Chicago Police Department for a safety plan.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the city’s 28-year-old handgun ban last year. The city responded with a gun licensing process that banned ranges in the city. Nearly 3,450 permits have been issued.

A permit costs $100 and must be renewed every three years. In addition, it costs $15 to register each new gun. Permit-holders also must submit an annual registration report.

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