Oak Park handgun regulation proposals move forward

Village board to get first look at health board's recommendations for limited actions

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Board of Health has made its stance on handgun regulation official.

At its May 22 meeting the board finalized its set of recommendations regarding seven proposals that concluded the village should not pursue specific regulations such as a handgun registry or mandatory handgun training.

The board provided its initial recommendations on seven proposals; they were against five of the seven. The topics consisted of a local handgun registry; mandatory training requirements for handgun owners; mandatory requirements for handgun storage or use of trigger locks; mandatory reporting of lost or stolen guns within 72 hours; licensing of gun dealers; limitations on location of gun dealers; and voluntary education campaigns and other initiatives.

The only recommendation garnering a favorable vote was a proposal regarding voluntary education campaigns and other initiatives. The board did not indicate a position on the mandatory reporting of lost or stolen handguns within 72 hours.

Margaret Provost-Fyfe, Oak Park's public health director, said no substantial changes were made to the health board's recommendations since its April meeting. She said the issue should be presented to village board members sometime in June and will be worked through during the next few months depending on the board's stance.

Overall, the health board's perspective on the issue boils down to a lack of evidence indicating that implementing the policies would have an impact on public safety, and the fact that statewide laws prevent efforts such as a local handgun registry, according to the health board reports.

Email: anna@oakpark.com Twitter: @AnnaLothson

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Posted: June 6th, 2012 8:27 AM

As of Sunday, Chicago had 67 more homicides than it did at the same time last year. More Guns, More Guns, More Guns. Please.

now Larry...  

Posted: June 3rd, 2012 9:41 AM

Don't be an idealist and expect common sense to be involved in our decision making. You know where we are now..

Larry Skiver from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: June 3rd, 2012 6:20 AM

I wonder if the gang bangers ever worry about regulations before they shoot someone. I agree the some kind of registration for hand guns is needed, but lets not make it so hard for law biding people to own a hand. When I was younger I took a gun safety coarse, then a test. I was taught how to shoot, how to clean and how to respect the gun I was using. Remember who your hurting when you tax,regulate,and put condition's on. The ones who pay taxes and shop here in Oak Park. Common sense works wonders if you use it.


Posted: June 2nd, 2012 12:16 PM

Its worth every penny. Human life is invaluable.

T.J. from OP  

Posted: June 2nd, 2012 11:39 AM

Any word on how much Oak Park owes for legal fees to the NRA's lawyers? Oak Park Trustees bit off more than Oak Pak taxpayers could swallow. OP lost and owes millions in legal fees. Some people have to learn the hard way. What a waste of our money.

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