Chicago's extensive gun laws are doing a great job in Speakers Corner December 28, 2012 QuoteQuoteHandguns were banned in Chicago in 1982. Over 800 in 1990 isn't good - especially since the homicide rate in Chicago would not fall under 800 until 1996 (it hit almost 950 in 1992). Note that Chicago also still has a higher murder rate that NYC. Though I believe that Bloomberg will do his best to close that margin. Based on what I see in the local news, the overwhelming majority are gang-on-gang shootings. We certainly have a major league gang problem here, but fortunately for most Chicagoans it's restricted to a few neighborhoods. Not good if you happen to live in one of those neighborhoods, of course. Seems to be a Gang and Criminal issue. not a Law abiding Gun Owner Issue. MattAn Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!