From the Wednesday Journal, January 17, 2012:
The Oak Park Board of Health, a citizens advisory panel, is hosting a
forum on Jan. 24 to gather input from residents on guns. Oak Park’s
decades-long handgun ban was struck down by the Supreme Court in
mid-2010, and a gun store recently opened in the village, making the
timing right for a community conversation. “We want to hear from
citizens about their thoughts and ideas as to how firearms should be
regulated in the village of Oak Park,” said Margaret Provost-Fyfe.
A couple of years ago, the health board came up with a list of
possible actions that the community could take in the event that the
handgun was banned. And with the recent opening of Windy City Firearms
on Roosevelt Road, village trustees asked the health board to host the
forum to start the ball rolling toward possible action.
Participants will each have three minutes to speak. The health board
will then draft recommendations and forward them to the board for
future discussion at an undetermined date.
Following the June 2010 ruling, Oak Park tweaked its handgun ban,
allowing people to carry firearms in their place of business or home,
while still prohibiting assault weapons. Some ideas from the health
board’s 2010 report included starting a handgun registry, holding
safety courses and requiring owners to securely store their handguns.
Oak Park may also explore zoning regulations related to gun stores,
according to Simone Boutet, the acting village attorney.