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The city of Chicago has had a pretty rough go at this whole Second Amendment thing over the course of its history, and this year has certainly been no exception.

Of course, the biggest story in Chicago in regard to the right to bear arms, was the city’s longstanding handgun ban and the effects that are still being felt years after the imbecilic initiative was finally repealed.  Today, the city is still filled with illegal firearms – commodity that predictably flourished according to the old anecdote that says “when you outlaw guns, only the outlaws will have guns”.

Chiraq, the dubious nickname given to the war-like state of affairs in Chi-Town, has become the murder capital of the United States thanks to the increasing gun violence that has not yet been stemmed by the repeal of the ridiculous handgun ban.

Now, however, a Cook County judge is facing weapons charges, after he accidentally walked into work with his firearm.

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A Cook County judge is off the bench following a misdemeanor weapons charge after a gun fell out of his jacket at the courthouse, The Chicago Tribune reports. Judge Joseph Claps, 70, was reassigned to what was described as non-judicial duties pending an incident that occurred at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse last week.

Claps was charged with carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited area, a Class B misdemeanor, after two deputies noticed a handgun fall out of the jurist’s jacket while it was draped over his arm.

In case you’d like to see the “oops” moment for yourself:

Now all we need is someone to dub in the Benny Hill theme song over the surveillance video.

While we may make light of this situation now that it has passed safely, there was real danger in the ignorance of Claps.  Whether or not this lack of knowledge stems from Chicago’s long-time handgun misstep is uncertain, but it surely could not have helped the situation.

Of course, as a man of the court in a city plagued with gun violence, one would think that Claps would know better.



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