Under a proposed ordinance, bars and restaurants serving alcohol in Chicago could lose their liquor licenses if they fail to ban firearms from their establishments.
The measure advanced Friday with approval from the City Council’s Finance Committee.
The measure’s sponsor, Alderman Ed Burke, says, “The City Council believes that booze and bullets don’t mix.”
The ordinance is intended to get around the state’s new concealed carry law. The state law bans firearms from establishments where alcohol sales account for at least half of revenues.
The city ordinance, which still must be voted on by the full council, would require a ban no matter how much alcohol is sold. Otherwise, the city could strip liquor licenses.
The National Rifle Association objects and says the measure won’t stand up to legal challenges.