James Holmes was charged with 24 counts of murder on Monday morning after allegedly killing a dozen people and wounding 58 others in a Colorado movie theater on July 20. Just days after the shooting—and in light of the tragic event—the Chicago City Council revisited the city’s controversial gun ordinance.
The controversial law recently came under fire when U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan struck down the section used to deny a man a gun permit because of a prior misdemeanor conviction. The judge argued that the ordinance violated the citizen’s right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. Last week, as promised, Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded to the ruling. With City Council’s support, the mayor rewrote the ordinance to permanently bar anyone who has been convicted of a felony violent crime and impose a five-year ban on anyone convicted of a misdemeanor violent crime.
This is not the first time a tragic event sparked a call for new gun control laws.