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Chicago Gun Laws

Illinois Senate and Governor Candidates in Gun Denial

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 10.31.2014 | Chicago
Martha Rosenberg

It barely made headlines earlier this month. A man with an assault rifle fired at a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line train around noon on a weekday in Chicago's busy downtown.

Gun Laws Blamed For Chicago's Weekend Shooting Surge

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

After a violent holiday weekend during which 11 people were killed and more than 60 others were wounded in shootings -- two of the deaths and five of ...

City Won't Fight Ruling That Gun Sales Ban Is Unconstitutional

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 03.16.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for Chicago have made it official: The city will ask for six months to craft a new gun sales ordinance rather than fight a ...

Top Cop: Tougher Gun Laws Would Have Kept Murder Victims In Jail

Posted 10.23.2013 | Chicago

Story by Darryl Holliday, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: CHICAGO — If the city had stiffer gun laws, Anthony Robinson wouldn’t have been able to fir...

Chicago Dumps Decades-Old Gun Registry In Win For NRA

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2013 | Chicago

By Renita Young CHICAGO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Chicago on Wednesday reluctantly abolished a 45-year-old requirement that gun owners reg...

City Council Approves Restaurant Gun Ban, Dumps Gun Registry

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 11.11.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Forced to weaken one of the nation's toughest gun-control laws, the Chicago City Council clearly signaled it wasn't backing down on We...

Aldermen Move To Gut City's Gun Laws

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 09.10.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Faced with a new state law on concealed weapons, Chicago aldermen are getting ready to do away with some of its strict handgun regulations,...

Proposal To Ban Guns From All Boozy Bars, Restos Advances

Posted 09.06.2013 | Chicago

Updated story In the wake of the state's new concealed carry law being approved earlier this year, a plan that would require all bars and restauran...

City Council Unanimously OKs Stricter Assault Weapons Ban

Posted 07.17.2013 | Chicago

In a rare special session, Chicago alderman unanimously voted on Wednesday to approve a new assault weapons ban in the city as well as harsher penalti...

Few Illinois Towns Opting For Assault Weapon Bans

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR and DON BABWIN | Posted 07.05.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- As Illinois prepares to become the last state in the country to allow the concealed carry of firearms, few of its communities app...

Rahm Wants Tougher Assault Weapon Law, Stiffer Fines In 'Safety Zones'

Posted 06.27.2013 | Chicago

As an Illinois bill that would permit statewide concealed carry awaits Gov. Pat Quinn's verdict, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is moving to toughen the c...

The Truth About Chicago's Falling Murder Rate

Eric Boehlert | Posted 06.19.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

There's been surprisingly little media discussion about whether Chicago's strict gun laws, routinely ridiculed by the right-wing, might actually be working. While it's difficult to determine why crime rises and falls, to blame a policy when rates rise and ignore it when they drop doesn't make sense.

Overnight Shootings Leave Eight Injured, Including Three Teenagers

Posted 06.14.2013 | Chicago

Story by Tanveer Ali, courtesy of DNAinfo At least eight people were wounded, including three teenagers, in shootings citywide overnight. In Gre...

Illinois Legislature Passes Concealed Carry Bill

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 07.31.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois would join the rest of the nation in allowing the carrying of concealed weapons under legislation approved by the Gener...

Ex-Alderman Hit With Felony Gun Charge After Packing Heat In Police Station

Posted 05.07.2013 | Chicago

Story by Erin Meyer, courtesy of DNAinfo Chicago Former Ald. Sharon Dixon (24th) is facing a felony gun charge after allegedly carrying a loaded .3...

Group Wants To Distribute Free Shotguns To Chicagoans

Posted 05.05.2013 | Chicago

A gun advocacy group announced this weekend their hope to distribute free shotguns to unarmed people living in some of the most high-crime areas of 15...

Report: Proposed Gun Law Could Overcrowd Prisons, Cost Millions

Posted 03.25.2013 | Chicago

Proposed legislation some Chicago powers that be see as a much-needed tool to help bring down the city's well-publicized homicide rate could have a nu...

Committee OKs Expansion Of Sex Offender-Like Gun Registry

Posted 03.08.2013 | Chicago

Much in the way sex offenders submit personal information to a registry when convicted of a crime, Chicago aldermen want to expand a "widely-ignored" ...

Obama Looks To Hometown For Support On New Gun Measures

Posted 02.11.2013 | Chicago

With the nationwide debate over guns escalating, President Barack Obama is expected to hone in on firearm control during his State of the Union addres...

County OKs Law Targeting Straw Purchasers Of Illegal Guns

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 02.06.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- In an effort to slow the flow of illegal guns to Chicago streets, county commissioners approved an ordinance Tuesday that imposes fines of ...

UPDATE: Tips On Slain Teen's Killer Pour In As Reward Increases Again

Posted 02.02.2013 | Chicago

Updated story The hunt for Hadiya Pendleton's killer continues as the reward for information leading to the shooter's capture more than doubles. ...

Chicago Violence Takes Leading Role Amid National Gun Debate

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 04.03.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — They are counting the dead from gunfire again in Chicago, a city awash in weapons despite having one of the strictest gun-control ordi...

January Homicide Rate In Chicago Worst Since 2002

Posted 01.30.2013 | Chicago

With still one more day before January ends, the Chicago homicide rate in the first month of 2013 is off to its bloodiest start in more than a decade....

Rahm Looking Beyond City Limits To Impose Stiffer Gun Rules

Posted 01.14.2013 | Chicago

As Mayor Rahm Emanuel headed to Washington Monday to push for gun control measures, new details have emerged in his effort to impose tougher gun laws ...

Rahm On Gun Control: 'Waiting Is Not A Strong Suit Of Mine'

Posted 01.11.2013 | Chicago

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 ...