The City Council has voted to ban ownership of handguns by most residents, making this the fifth Chicago suburb to impose firearms restrictions.

Councilwoman Margie Weiss said the council "will be sending a strong message to Springfield and Washington: Highland Park is tired of waiting for them to act."The ban was approved by a 5-2 vote Monday.

This affluent community of 33,000 north of Chicago is one town away from the suburb of Winnetka, where 30-year-old Laurie Dann entered a school last May and fatally shot one child and injured five others. Later she injured a man and killed herself.