One of the Village of Oak Park’s more obnoxious entities, the Oak Park Board of Health will hold a a forum on Jan. 24th from 6 to 9 pm, to gather input from residents on guns. But there’s been only one mention of it buried in the Wednesday Journal: “Oak Park Plans Gun Forum At Village Hall”
Oak Park’s decades-old unconstitutional handgun ban was ended by the US Supreme Court in 2010. District Of Columbia et al. v. Heller and Chicago v. McDonald are now the law of the land. But that hasn’t stopped either Chicago or her little sister the Village of Oak Park from consipring to limit the civil rights of their residents.
Our fear is that the Oak Park Board of Health will create and get passed laws that will be litigated in court – at great expense to Oak Park Taxpayers, for no result other than massive legal bills – does anybody really care that Oak Park taxpayers shelled out more than $650,000 for legal fees over the DTOP TIFF?
From the Village of Oak Park…
Firearm regulation forum set
A community forum to gather public input for consideration in regulating the sale and possession of firearms is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tues., Jan. 24, at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. Hosted by the Board of Health as a public safety issue, the forum is part of a process that ultimately will lead to recommendations to the Village Board for possible action. Prohibiting businesses from selling firearms is considered unlikely, officials say, given recent U.S. Supreme and Appellate Court rulings. However, laws that regulate where, how and to whom firearms are sold and kept are among those considered legally defensible. For more information on the meeting, e-mail email@example.com.
There appears to be a bit of difference in the coverage of the Forum. From the Oak Leaves:
Headline: Gun owners rip Oak Park regulation plans
” The largely civil 90-minute event, technically a meeting of the Oak Park Health Board, saw handgun proponents outnumber pro-regulation speakers 15-7. ”
“David Schweig… challenged Barwin to openly discuss what he said was a $1.6 million legal bill the City of Chicago and Oak Park still owed to the NRA lawyers who argued the case before the Supreme Court.”
From the Wednesday Journal:
Headline: Big crowd for Oak Park gun forum
“”It’s quite clear that firearm violence, accidents and crimes are very costly to our society in myriad ways,” Barwin said. “Medical responses, rehabilitation from debilitating injury, loss of life, police and court costs, incarceration all add up to monumental costs. From the board’s perspective, firearm safety is clearly an important public health issue.”"
“Reshma Desai thinks Oak Park should require owners to store guns separately from ammunition and to keep them locked up. Local police could do “spot checks” at homes and issue fines to make sure people are complying, she said…”
There are two sides to every story…