McCarthy pushes changes to reduce gun violence
Chicago police put more than two dozen confiscated weapons on display today, including assault rifles that were seized this past week. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is using this as an opportunity to push five changes he would like to see.
The 27 weapons are on display at the 6th District police station, 7808 South Halsted.
One gun may date back to World War II. There are also three AK-47’s.
These are in addition to the nearly 200 weapons the Police Department displayed last week. All of the weapons have been seized since January 1.
The five points that Superintendent McCarthy is pushing include universal background checks, mandatory sentencing for illegal gun possession, banning the sale of assault weapons, banning high-capacity magazines, and mandatory recordings of the sale and transfer of all firearms.
“If your car gets stolen or lost, you report that to police. You’re required to report the sale of your car to the state. But if you own a firearm, you don’t have to do that,” McCarthy told reporters Monday. “To me that’s just crazy.”
McCarthy says he does not believe any of the five points violate or infringe on the Second Amendment.
Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to reveal the recommendations of a gun violence panel set up by the President this week. McCarthy says he is cautiously optimistic. He believes major change must come at the federal and state level and he is hoping something significant does come out of this.