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Judge rules ban of guns in Chicago is unconstitutional

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On Monday, a federal judge ruled that Chicago's ban on the sale and transfer of firearms is unconstitutional. According to Fox News, U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang said in his ruling that the government is obligated to protect constitutional rights of citizens, including the right to keep and bear arms.

Chicago has one of the highest murder rates in the nation. Gun advocates argue that limiting a person's ability to own firearms has not worked in reducing crime in the Windy City.

The National Rifle Association (NRA), through lobbyist Todd Vandermyde, said after the ruling that a federal judge appointed by President Barack Obama "ruled in favor of the Second Amendment, shows how out of step and outrageous Chicago's ordinances really are."

In 2013, Chicago had more homicides than any city in the nation. Aside from crime, Illinois has one of the worst state finances in the U.S. due to tens of billions in unfunded or under-funded pension liabilities for state workers.

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