U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang overturned Chicago’s ban on the sale and transfer of firearms, stating in his ruling that while the government has a duty to protect its citizens, it’s also obligated to protect constitutional rights, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s long-standing gun ban. And in 2013, Illinois legislators were forced by a federal appeals court to adopt a law allowing residents to carry concealed weapons in Illinois, the only state that still banned the practice.

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