Chicago council votes to end gun registry

Gun owners in Chicago will no longer be required to register their weapons and obtain a city firearms permit after the City Council on Wednesday voted to eliminate the two provisions, in a victory for gun rights advocates.

Chicago gun owners will still be required to apply for a concealed carry license under a new state law, but the gun registry in place since 1968 will be abolished. Illinois earlier this year became the last state in the nation to permit some form of possession of guns in public.

— Reuters

Police thwart pastor’s plan to burn Korans

Law enforcement officers arrested a Florida pastor Wednesday as he drove to a park to light nearly 3,000 Korans on fire to protest the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Polk County sheriff’s deputies arrested Pastor Terry Jones, 61, on a felony charge of unlawful conveyance of fuel as he traveled in a pickup towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with kerosene-soaked Korans. Jones had said he was heading to a nearby park to burn 2,998 Korans — one for every Sept. 11 victim.

He was being booked Wednesday night into the Polk County jail, Sheriff Grady Judd said.

— Associated Press