In an attempt to curb the number of illegal firearms that flow from southwest suburban Lyons to Chicago, the village passed an ordinance Tuesday requiring its lone gun shop to keep extensive records of the weapons it sells and to report unusual activity to local authorities.
Midwest Sporting Goods, which has operated a gun store in Lyons for more than 50 years, must follow an unprecedented set of rules, such as maintaining a “do not sell” list of customers whose weapons have been traced to a crime. In addition, the gun shop will have to report to authorities the names of anyone who attempts to purchase a gun illegally.
The ordinance was passed as part of a settlement in a lawsuit filed in July by Chicago anti-gun activists who claim that Lyons is one of three suburbs from which a disproportionate number of guns are recovered at crime scenes in Chicago. The other two suburbs — Riverdale and Lincolnwood — were not part of the settlement, and the lawsuit against them continues in Cook County Circuit Court.
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