The Truth

This hasn’t been true since the Supreme Court decided McDonald v. Chicago in 2010.


  • Donald Trump × 3
  • Steve Scalise
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders


  • I mean, you look at the city with the strongest gun laws in our nation, is Chicago, and Chicago is a disaster. It’s a total disaster. Just remember, if this man didn’t have a gun or rifle, you’d be talking about a much worse situation in the great state of Texas.

    Fact Checks

    • The statement is years out of date. After a Supreme Court ruling, Chicago residents can own handguns and carry them unseen on the streets. A national gun control group puts seven states above Illinois in regulating gun ownership.
    • Chicago used to have what some considered to be the toughest gun laws in the country. But not anymore.
  • But you go to a city like Chicago, some of the toughest gun laws in the country are in the city of Chicago and yet they have the worst gun violence.

    Other Claims

    Chicago Has the Highest Gun Violence Rate in the US
    Many large cities have much higher rates of shootings per capita.

    Fact Checks

    • The state of Illinois has tough gun laws, but several of the most restrictive laws, such as a ban on handguns and a gun registry, are no longer in use. And while the city may have high instances of gun violence – it does not have the highest rate of gun violence.
  • I think if you look to Chicago, where you had over 4,000 victims of gun-related crimes last year, they have the strictest gun laws in the country. That certainly hasn’t helped there, so I think we have to – when that time comes for those conversations to take place, then I think we need to look at things that may actually have that real impact.

    Fact Checks

    • But while gun violence in Chicago is high, the rest of this common talking point doesn’t really hold water.
    • There was a brief time between 2008 and 2010 – the window during which Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban had been invalidated but Chicago’s still stood – where that might have been true. But federal court rulings effectively undid city and state laws severely restricting gun use and ownership in the Chicago. When it comes to the concealed carry of weapons, Chicago has less authority to impose limitations than do many other large U.S. cities.
  • In Chicago, which has the toughest gun laws in the United States, probably you could say by far, they have more gun violence than any other city.

    Fact Checks

    • Trump’s statement contains an element of truth – Chicago leads the nation for number of gun-related crimes this year – but it ignores the fact that a U.S. Supreme Court decision and a change in state law brought Chicago in line with other cities on handgun rules.
  • The most stringent gun laws in the U.S. happen to be in Chicago - and look what is happening there!
    Donald Trump, President of the United States of America

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