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Tougher Gun Sentences Would Have Kept Murder Victims in Jail, Chicago's Top Cop Says

10/22/2013 05:05 pm ET | Updated Oct 23, 2013

Story by Darryl Holliday, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago:

CHICAGO — If the city had stiffer gun laws, Anthony Robinson wouldn’t have been able to fire the shots that killed a man on New Year's day, Chicago's top cop says.

Robinson's alleged victim that day, Kevin Jemison, wouldn't have been on the streets — he would have also been behind bars.

Robinson and Jemison were two of the men involved in more than 108 shootings this year that could have been prevented because either the shooter or victim would have been behind bars if Chicago had tougher sentences for gun crimes, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says, citing police data.

McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel again pointed to those shootings this week to push for a change in state law that would require mandatory minimum sentences of three years in jail for those convicted of one of the most common gun charges, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, also known as an aggravated UUW.

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