Handguns legal one year in Chicago

July 12, 2011 (CHICAGO)

After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Chicago's nearly 30-year-old handgun ban, the city council passed an ordinance allowing residents to own a handgun if they meet certain requirements.

Residents must pass a criminal background check, take a four-hour class on firearms and spend an hour on a shooting range.

Police say in the past year, 3,500 city residents applied for handgun permits. The city approved 98 percent of those applications.

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