At today’s City Council meeting the Mayor introduced a proposed ordinance that would probhibit the import, sale, transfer and possession of these types of guns and clips. Right now people just cannot register them, and that is what bans them.
Proposed statewide legislation would allow the concealed carrying of guns and other changes to weapons regulations.
“Chicago needs to take steps to protect itself and its citizens,” Alderman Michele Smih (43rd Ward) said. “There’s been an assault weapons ban in Chicago in the past, but the new law makes the technique in which we ban the guns not possible.”
Another proposal introduced today would make it illegal to carry concealed guns in a safe passage area where Chicago students walk to school.
The ordinance is sponsored by Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. (27th Ward), who wants stiff fines and jail time for gun offenses.
“This just gives the police officers another tool,” Burnett said. “Rather than going through the arduous court situation of dealing with people, and they may get off — at least we can do something else to them.”
For example, a first offense would carry a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 and a mandatory 30 days in jail. For the second offense it would be a fine of $5,000 to $15,000 and three months in jail. For the third offense it would be a fine of $10,000 to $20,000 and six months in jail.
Alderman Burnett thinks this will definitely deter people from carrying guns near public schools, buses and safe routes.
No votes were taken today on the proposed gun ordinances.