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January 10th, 2013
11:37 PM ET

Chicago's top cop wants new gun law

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is calling for a new state gun law amid increasing violence in the city.

Last year authorities confiscated more than 7,400 guns in a city where the laws are strict and it's not possible to buy a handgun.

CNN's Ted Rowlands reports on where the weapons are coming from, the problem of straw purchases, and the controversy over McCarthy's proposed solution.

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  1. Ryan

    Chicago has some of the strongest gun laws in the country. And is in the top 3 for the most violence. I know, let's make more & stronger laws, that will help!

    January 14, 2013 at 11:40 am |
  2. Chris

    Chicago has really strict gun laws and I'm pretty sure you can't even own a pistol there. Really more laws? Yeah that will stop your already rampant gun crime.

    January 14, 2013 at 9:37 am |
  3. Bruce

    Chicago already has very tough gun laws.. yet gun violence is increasing. It is increasing for two very simple reasons. 1) Criminals already ignore laws, a gun control law or gun ban is no different. Criminals will ignore those as well. 2) Law abiding citizens have difficulties obtaining and owning guns in Chicago(No CCW or Open Carry)... perfect targets for criminals that ignore laws.

    Insanity = Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

    January 14, 2013 at 12:32 am |
  4. Robert McCabe

    There are 190 thousand gang members and they took 7400 guns.How many did they get from gang members?

    January 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
  5. HenryMiller

    So this city cop wants to export his problem and try to make other people responsible for solving it. Sorry, it doesn't work that way. If Chicago wants to violate the second amendment, they can live with the consequences–people who want guns will get them, one way or the other.

    January 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
  6. Alexander

    Joy, You don't think the Brady campaign is funding votes to attack the 2nd amendment? That is what lobby groups do...

    January 13, 2013 at 10:24 am |
  7. Martin Hodo

    "Last year authorities confiscated more than 7,400 guns in a city where the laws are strict and it's not possible to buy a handgun." This statement sums up how the criminal will always get what they are after. If the law states it is not possible to buy a handgun, then why are there so many handguns? What type of new law will change this? No new law will change this.

    January 13, 2013 at 1:43 am |
  8. Joy Schneider

    Like in the movie, Runaway Jury, gun manufacturers and their lobbyists are still paying off people for theirs votes,,,only this time it is our legislatures.

    January 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • Larry

      Ummm yeah it is called SPECIAL INTEREST. Politicians don't want to get rid of them. Gun makers are one of many THOUSANDS of special interest groups.

      We need term limits, a ban on special interest groups, 4 week campaigns, money caps on political ads and a third party. Our country is coming apart at the seams because of all of the political drama and stagnation.

      January 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
    • OKC

      Gun manufacturers, Professional sports, labor unions, Auto. industry, Oil companies, Anti-Second Amendment groups, Pro Abortion groups, Pro Gay.........all have their lobbyists. Why is it ok for them and not Pro Second amendment groups.

      January 23, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
  9. karen

    To slow down the sales of gun once they leave a gun shop, have a notary in gun shop to notarize a document stating the gun buyer will use this gun for person use, when renewing gun license, gun (s) registered to that person must actually have a notarized document of guns bought for the year and that they still have in their possession or proof of notarized document the gun was sold to another and was notarized document the gun was within 7 days. Or if you do sell your gun make it mandatory that buyer and seller must go to the department and register the sale of guns.

    January 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
    • Kevin

      First, Illinois State law requires the buyer and SELLER to keep records any firearms sale for 10-Years (does not apply to FFL's since they already keep records). This is on top of any other requirements by the Firearms Owner Idenfication Card Act (430 ILCS 65/3 - (Transfer of firearms; records; exceptions)). So the government already has a paper trail of firearms transfers. One only needs too look. Second, "notarize a document stating the gun buyer will use this gun for person use" what if I purchase my weapon for work use.

      January 12, 2013 at 12:41 am |
    • bob

      That wouldn't solve anything in Chicago. They are already bringing in Guns that are illegal. Why would the guys already breaking the law follow an even stricter law? And what of all the guns already purchased? only law abiding citizens would go and register their already owned guns and the criminal would still break the law to get the guns. All they would have to do is keep the stupid paper and show they still owned the paper . Think of Narcotics, how many drugs are illegal? how successful had outlawing a narcotic been? Or how successful has strictly prohibiting it been? Please tell me you know the history of the alcohol prohibition. That is proof that if people want it, they will get it no matter what the laws are. and might I remind you that every almost all spree shooters use stolen guns to commit crime. I know there are exceptions, but most are stolen from the rightful owner .

      January 14, 2013 at 10:14 am |
    • Keith

      That sounds nice and dandy, but that does nothing but make people who follow laws just do more work.

      January 14, 2013 at 11:05 am |

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