November 18th, 2004

Enterprise Bridge

Gun prosecution ban overridden

The Illinois legislature overrode the governor's veto of a bill (SB 2165) forbidding prosecution under municipal handgun ban ordinances when the weapon is used in self-defense. The bill was inspired by the Hale DeMar case in Wilmette, where a homeowner shot a recidivist intruder in his home, then had the village come after him. It was not the best test case (allegedly, DeMar actively pursued the intruder, and didn't immediately ask his wife to call 911,) but it was enough, and this law is a step in the right direction. There's a few North Shore legislators moaning about the loss of local control, and suggesting this bill encourages people to use guns. They're wrong, naturally...