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Rahm Emanuel Gun Law: Chicago Mayor Sets Sights On New Weapons Ordinance

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks during a press conference with community leaders and family members of murder victims at St. Sabina Church January 3, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images)
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks during a press conference with community leaders and family members of murder victims at St. Sabina Church January 3, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images)

Tired of the Illinois General Assembly dragging its feet on Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed assault weapons ban, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making moves toward a new gun law that would apply only in the city.

"Waiting is not a strong suit of mine," Emanuel said at a news conference Thursday, where he expressed frustration at the lame-duck session's unproductiveness and inability to even vote on a new weapons law, reports the Sun-Times.

After the Newtown, Conn. school shooting, public opinion has shifted in favor of banning assault weapons, reports Fox Chicago.

"I have all the confidence we will not only pass it, but I hope it's also a spur to action down in Springfield," Emanuel said in the news briefing. "That they have to step up to the plate on the assault weapon ban, limiting our clips, as well as comprehensive background checks wherever the point of sale is made."

Despite the mayor's confidence in the shift of public opinion, the lame-duck Illinois Senate still did not enough votes to pass statewide bans on assault weapons and high-capacity clips, reports the Tribune.

The mayor didn't reveal any specifics of his proposal, though the Sun-Times said the mayor’s City Council floor leader Ald. Pat O’Connor (40th) acknowledged the whatever the mayor does locally is "certain to end up court."

“It’s the art of going to the end without going over the edge. ... It’s nuanced pretty well. There are significant enough changes,” O’Connor said to the paper.

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