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Handguns now legal in Chicago

CHICAGO, July 12 (UPI) -- Chicago residents could keep handguns in their homes for the first time in 28 years Monday, but faced restrictions in a new law.

Chicago's handgun ban was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in late June. The high court 5-4 majority said the Second Amendment gives individuals the right to keep and bear arms, despite state and local laws.

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The new ordinance allows handguns in homes, but bans them on porches, yards, garages and outbuildings; allows only one ready-to-fire weapon at a time; allows only one handgun purchase per month; requires handgun owners to go through a training course

Already, two lawsuits have been filed by people who want to carry firearms outside their homes and a businessman who wants to open up a gun shop, WLS-TV, Chicago, reported.

The City Council passed the new handgun restrictions on a 45-0 vote, the report said.

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