The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Chicago has had its first arrest of a concealed-carry permit holder. Illinois in January became the last U.S. state to allow permit holders to carry concealed weapons, while Chicago’s municipal handgun ban was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010. State bans were outlawed by 2008′s District of Columbia v. Heller.

 

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Chicago has had its first arrest of a concealed-carry permit holder. Illinois in January became the last U.S. state to allow permit holders to carry concealed weapons, while Chicago’s municipal handgun ban was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010. State bans were outlawed by 2008′s District of Columbia v. Heller.

 

Writing for the majority in the in high court’s D.C. v. Heller decision, Justice Antonin Scalia characterized the Washington, D.C., ban on handguns as well as a trigger-lock requirement as in violation of the Second Amendment before adding that, “[l]ike most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited.”

In 2010′s McDonald v. Chicago, the court, in an opinion by Justice Samuel Alito, employed the due-process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment in determining that a municipality could not abridge a resident’s Second Amendment rights.

 

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A 54-year-old Northwest Side man who allegedly pulled a gun during a property dispute is the first concealed carry permit holder arrested in Chicago, police officials say.

William P. O’Connell, of the 7200 block of North Oleander Avenue, lost his permit as a result of the arrest, said a spokeswoman for the Illinois State Police.

In January, a new state law kicked in allowing people to carry concealed weapons as long as they have a permit.

O’Connell was involved in a quarrel over rent money with a 52-year-old man on March 23, police said. O’Connell allegedly pointed a handgun at the man and threatened to shoot him.

Police said the victim and a woman both identified O’Connell, who admitted hiding his gun. O’Connell took officers to a vacant apartment where they recovered a .38-caliber revolver, police said.

O’Connell was carrying a valid state firearm owner’s identification card and a concealed carry license when he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said. He’s scheduled to appear in court on May 8.

The state police have revoked O’Connell’s permit based on a provision of the concealed carry law that says permit holders can’t be the subject of a “proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification to own or possess a firearm,” said Monique Bond, a spokeswoman for the agency.

Under state law, a conviction for aggravated assault with a gun would disqualify O’Connell from owning a firearm.