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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chicago implemented gun amnesty program
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On July 26, 2008, Chicago, Illinois implemented a voluntary gun buy-back program which collected more than 6,800 weapons by offering $100 for each firearm returned and amnesty for weapons banned under current laws. The city sought to address gun violence in the city following the US Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which struck down gun control statutes in Washington, DC similar to those in Chicago. The Supreme Court invalidated Chicago's handgun regulations in their 2010 decision McDonald v. Chicago, ruling that the Second Amendment's protection of gun ownership rights is applicable to the states as well as the federal government.

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