According to an NBC News report on Wednesday, Chicago’s City Council took a swipe at the new Illinois gun laws and approved the ban of guns in all city restaurants that serve alcohol and all bars and nightclubs. The notion that a lawsuit will arise from the new City Council ruling hasn’t stopped the lawmakers who obviously have a mind of their own when it comes to guns in the city that has been pegged the murder capital for over a year now.
Veteran Chicago Alderman Ed Burke who said that guns and alcohol don’t mix, claims that a law firm has already offered to represent the City of Chicago for free when a lawsuit comes their way.
The ordinance dictates that any bar or restaurant that doesn’t comply with the new requirement could lose their liquor license in the city of Chicago. Reasonably, the law does not apply to businesses that solely sell packaged liquor such as grocery stores and liquor stores.
Some aldermen expressed concern over lawsuits connected to the ban, but Burke said a law firm already has agreed to represent the city for free.
This latest gun law comes on the heels of Illinois’ passage of legislation regarding concealed carry which will allow persons to carry guns in public places beginning 2014 – a law that Illinois fought for many years as it finally became the last state in the union to have such a law.
A provision of the new law is that weapons are allowed inside any business where alcohol is less than 50 percent of the business’ revenue.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn supports the no guns mixing with alcohol-serving business as he has said in the past that Illinois doesn’t want any incidents of violence in any bars or restaurants anywhere in Illinois.