The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, is pushing for the state to create a gun registry, requiring all gun owners to register their weapons and pay an additional fee. Initial reaction has not been good towards his proposal, and many are saying it’s simply not his place to propose such an ambitious measure. But Emanuel is committed saying it’s the right thing to do.
Governor Pat Quinn hasn’t made an official decision on whether he agrees with the idea, preferring instead to listen to legislators’ opinions on the matter before he makes his decision.
The NRA, on the other hand, took no time in responding to Emanuel’s idea.
“The last time we checked, Rahm Emanuel was mayor of Chicago—not emperor of Illinois,” said NRA spokesperson Stephanie Samford. “This legislation would make self-defense a luxury item.”
Emanuel says his proposed registry would make it easier to track weapons involved in crimes and to see where the illegal gun trade is coming from. Gun owners would pay a $65 when they purchased a weapon and gave to submit their name, address, telephone number, the gun maker, serial number, and location of purchase.
“I’m introducing this because our law enforcement community, our parents, our community groups, our block and neighborhood watch groups need a proper gun legislation to complement all the other activities we’re doing,” said Emanuel in defense of his suggestion.
Some lawmakers support the suggestion. Representative Rosemary Mulligan (R-Des Plaines) says she will support the bill when it’s introduced. Others, however, are not so enthusiastic.
“It’s never going to work,” said Representative Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg). “They’re trying to go after criminals. They’re never going to register their guns. They won’t pay the fee.” Brown called the suggestion a “slap in the face of every law-abiding gun owner.”
Senator Kwame Raoul says he understands the mayor’s reasoning, trying to attack gun trafficking in order to reduce gun violence. But, he’s unsure of whether or not the mayor’s bill could pass as is.
Gun laws are always a touchy issue, because law-abiding gun owners don’t want to be punished for the criminal actions of others. But, in order to keep communities safe, lawmakers believe these kinds of strict regulations are necessary.
State laws are already fairly strict when it comes to gun ownership and gun crimes, though cities like Chicago also have their own local ordinances. On a state level, you can face class a misdemeanor charges for possessing a firearm. If it marks your second offense, the charge is raised to a felony.
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