The firearm retail market just landed a major victory in the city of Chicago. According to an article from Chicago Tribune News, this area has had a decades-long ban of the sale of handgun sales and some of the strictest firearm ordinances in the country.
However, this month, U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang announced that the ban would be removed, allowing shops to legally sell guns later this year. Instead of trying to seek an appeal in the case, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked the judge to allow his administration time to implement rules and restrictions on where gun stores can open.
The mayor is trying to avoid endless and “fruitless” litigation and is instead seeking to ensure the public safety and security of the city. It is believed that Emanuel will try to heavily tax the industry and pass strict regulations to try and make it more difficult to set up these shops, so that many potential business owners avoid even trying. This has pro-gun groups upset.
“I think he’s going to try to regulate everything so tightly that nothing can happen,” said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. “I think we will continue to fight the mayor, and if we can compel the city to let these people operate their businesses in a reasonable fashion, that’s what we’ll do.”
Anyone who wants to go into the firearms retail business will not only need to keep a close eye on all of these regulations but also have a point of sale system that is easy to update. Some of today’s Point of Sale solutions not only include an advanced CRM but an approved electronic bound book which is mandatory in some states according to the ATF.