- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Chicago alderman introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would allow museums to display unloaded firearms for historical purposes.

According to DNA Info Chicago, city museums are currently prohibited from displaying unloaded firearms.

“Chicago is home to several world-class museums,” Edward Burke said in a statement. “And it has come to my attention that such an exemption is reasonably warranted to allow such institutions to display unloaded firearms that often accompany uniforms and other historical artifacts.”

The alderman said he learned that museums such as the Pritzker Military Library cannot display a Walther PP firearm donated by a United States Army officer who served in World War II.

Burke’s ordinance would allow museums to display “curios and relics” if the City Council approves it, DNA Info Chicago reports.