Aldermen set to vote on stricter gun penalties

The full Chicago City Council is set to vote on harsher penalties for people who don’t report lost, stolen, sold or transferred firearms within 48 hours. 1Capture

Aldermen say the goal is to up the ante when in comes to penalties in hopes it will get illegal guns owners to consider giving up their weapons.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy held a new conference earlier this month annoucing almost 700 guns had been seized by Chicago police since the new year.

He pointed out that’s two and-a-half times more than the number of guns police in New York have seized.

The hope is this ordinance will help cut down on the number of people with illegal guns.

The ordinance increases the maximum penalty for failing to report the loss, sale, theft or transfer of a gun to $5,000 plus six months in jail.

It would apply to all gun owners, not just those who have a Chicago firearms permit, as is the case with the previous ordinance.

Alderman who spoke to WGN are in favor of the proposal.

11th Ward Alderman James Balcer also wants to create a partnership with the business community in which a crime tip reward fund would be created in hopes of generating more tips.

He hopes the fund would reach at least $1 million.

He plans to introduce that ordinance Thursday and hold hearings on it as soon as possible.

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5 comments

  • messyjacksonjr

    A mandatoy minimum of five years in prison with no good time should be imposed for the first offense and ten years for each offense after that,i'll bet they put the guns down when they get that good news,if not they can spend year after with gun toting buddies.A extended term should be added if they are convicted of discharging those weapons as well.This is what we need in or =der to keep the guns and thugs off ou strrets and make our neighborhoods safer

  • peter

    since this will apply to all gun owners, especially the legally owned weapons the streets of Chicago will not be safer. instead only criminals will have guns. when will you morons understand this? the answer is not to penalize legal gun owners. the answer to the problem is to imprison those who posess guns illegally such as felons or any others prohibited from owning. The Second Amendment does not allow the government to take away guns from law abiding citizens. i will never give up my weapons. i have the right to protect myself and my family. you idiot liberals think government control is the answer to all our problems. when the fact is that government is the problem. no drop and give me twenty.

  • Carina Gomez

    Okay you think that it will be safer to get guns away but its not the guns who kill people its the people who shoot the bullets out of the guns

  • Allen

    The aldermen, as usual, are barking up the wrong tree. They have not learned what really works, that is automatic jail time ( let's say three to five yearsfor a first offence and double for any subsequent offences) for anyone caught with an illegal firearm in their possession. Then, anyone committing a crime with an illegal firearm no bail and a long term prison term with no parole. Obviously, committing a murder, Life in prison no parole. It's not until teeth are put into the laws, then and only then will they be able to curb the lawlessness of Chicago. Remember Mr. and Ms. Alderman, unless you implement the tough laws necessary to deal with the gang violence in the city, you are as much the problem as the gangs that take advantage of your weakness.

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