Chicago’s ‘arrogance’ after ruling spurs lawsuit

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A Utah company that manufactures products for gun ranges has joined the Second Amendment Foundation, the National Rifle Association, and two city residents in filing lawsuits against Chicago’s latest handgun restrictions.

Chicago passed a new ordinance that bans shooting galleries and firearm ranges within the city limits,in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that left little doubt the city’s 30-year handgun ban was unconstitutional.

Provo-based Action Target Inc. filed a friend of the court brief in mid-August. “We believe that citizens have a constitutional right to use and train with firearms in a safe and controlled environment,” Randy Graham, Action Target vice president, said in a news release.

According to the brief filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, Action Target has recently built a number of ranges in the city and was bidding to retrofit gun ranges operated by the Customs and Border Protection Service and the Federal Air Marshals.

SAF President Alan Gottlieb said the ban on shooting galleries and ranges “appears to have been written to purposely provoke more lawsuits” and called it “a tantrum ordinance.”

“The city’s childish stubbornness is going to cost taxpayers a small fortune,” Gottlieb wrote on Aug. 24. “Sure, the city adopted an ordinance that — at least on paper — allows Chicago residents to own a handgun; but in reality, it is one huge ‘Catch-22’ that was deliberately crafted to discourage residents from exercising their Second Amendment rights.”

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