Emanuel proposing stricter gun laws today

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel will introduce two new ordinances at City Council Wednesday, in an effort to strengthen the assault weapons ban.

One of the ordinances would prohibit the sale and possession of assault weapons in the city.

Emanuel said in a press release that weapons designed for the battlefield don’t have a place on the streets of Chicago.

While the penalties for having an assault weapon would remain the same, the ordinance would include a new list of banned weapons that have advanced technology.

The second ordinance would make the punishment harsher for gun-related offenses in “student safety zones”.

Those zones are found near schools, buses, and parks across the city.

Anyone convicted of having a gun in a safety zone would face a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 for the first offense and a mandatory 30 days in jail.

A second offense would carry a fine of $5,000 to $15,000 and a mandatory three months in jail.

A third offense would carry a fine of $10,000 to $20,000 and a mandatory six-month jail term.

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