Plantiff in Second Amendment case applies for gun permit
Otis McDonald, the plantiff in the recent Supreme Court decision that incorporated the Second Amendment to the states, has applied for his gun permit:
Two years after filing a lawsuit that ultimately forced the city to dismantle its 28-year-old handgun ban, Otis McDonald walked into a police station Monday and applied for a permit allowing him to keep a gun at home.
The process took only 20 minutes, but McDonald said some of the requirements to obtain the permit seemed excessive. And though a gun permit was worth any price for him, he said he is concerned that the $100 fee could deter some law-abiding citizens from buying a handgun.
McDonald showed up at the police station along with the three other plaintiffs in the lawsuit that successfully challenged the handgun ban, who also applied for firearm permits. It could take 10 days to three months for workers to process the applications.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if it took three months in the face of all the difficulties being thrown up to us citizens who are only striving to protect ourselves,” said McDonald, 76, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.
The new regulations in Chicago are still overbearing. The new law limits an individual to one operable firearm, restricts firearms outside the residence and mandating gun training. But, it is better than the outright ban in place before the Court’s ruling.