Chicagoan who fought gun ban applies for permit

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The man whose lawsuit successfully challenged Chicago’s ban on handguns has applied for a permit that would allow him to keep a handgun in his home.

CHICAGO (AP) — The man whose lawsuit successfully challenged Chicago’s ban on handguns has applied for a permit that would allow him to keep a handgun in his home. Seventy-six-year-old Otis McDonald’s case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court before the city was forced to get rid of its 28-year-old ban on handguns. McDonald applied Monday and says he plans to buy a .45-caliber handgun. He says he’s already completed the four hours of classroom training and an hour on a firing range needed to get the permit. Each handgun requires a $100 permit, and McDonald says he worries that fee could deter law-abiding citizens from buying weapons. Chicago police say they’ve accepted more than 80 handgun applications since the process began two weeks ago. The other plaintiffs in McDonald’s case also have applied. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. Photo Caption: In this March 2 photo in Washington, Otis McDonald, one of four plaintiffs in the Chicago handgun ban takes part in a news conference in front of the Supreme Court. McDonald has said he joined a federal lawsuit to challenge Chicago’s 28-year-old handgun ban because he wants a handgun at home to protect himself from gangs. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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