CHICAGO — Gun ranges would be allowed to open up in more parts of Chicago under a measure set to be considered by the City Council.
Introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the ordinance would allow gun ranges in areas of the city where business, commercial and industrial uses are allowed.
There are currently no gun ranges in Chicago.
Under a law passed in 2011, gun ranges are allowed in industrial parts of the city. Even then, ranges must be at 100 feet from any other range and at least 500 feet from homes, schools, day care operations, houses of worship, liquor stores, parks, libraries, museums and hospitals.
The new measure would allow anyone younger than 18 to shoot at a range, as long as they are supervised by a parent, guardian or instructor.
Gun ranges would need a special-use permit from city officials. Those permits can be denied based on the complaints of nearby residents, according to city rules.
In January, a three-judge panel of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Chicago's restrictions violated the Second Amendment.
In its arguments to the court, Chicago officials called gun violence a "serious public health and safety problem with both social and economic consequences" and argued that gun ranges would attract thieves, as well as threaten lead contamination, noise pollution and fire.
Judge Diane Sykes said the city provided no evidence to back up such claims.
The City Council could approve the new regulations as soon as April 26.