Mayor Daley takes another shot at gun-control


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Desertdog
January 6, 2006, 01:15 AM
Mayor takes another shot at gun-control

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-gun05.html#

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter


Arguing that the political tide has turned against the National Rifle Association, Mayor Daley on Wednesday unveiled yet another package of gun-control legislation that looks a lot like the old one.

Once again, the mayor wants to ban assault weapons, mandate trigger locks, license gun dealers and limit handgun purchases to one-a-month, per-person.

The only new wrinkle is the mayor's offer to include a 10-year "sunset provision" to make the one-gun-a-month limit, as he put it, "even more palatable."

For 17 years, Daley has been beating his head against the wall on a gun-control issue heartfelt from his years as state's attorney, only to be shot down repeatedly in Springfield.

NRA: 'Tide is with us'
But last year, the Illinois General Assembly agreed to close a loophole by requiring anyone who buys a firearm at a gun show to pass a criminal background check. Gov. Blagojevich also vetoed three NRA bills and lawmakers failed to override his vetoes.

All of that tells State Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago) that the political dynamic in Springfield has changed. "This year in the Senate, there's four Republicans running for statewide office or Congress. Their constituency has changed. They can't just vote with the NRA. . . . Some guy from Pontiac running statewide -- he can't vote with the NRA,'' he said. "That's changed the dynamic tremendously in Springfield"

Todd Vandermyde, Illinois legislative liaison for the NRA, scoffed.

"The tide is with us . . . we were fairly close to overriding a gubernatorial veto and taking away the home rule powers of Chicago. . . . We were only a couple votes shy of a super-majority," Vandermyde said.

The NRA's legislative package will include proposals to change civil liability laws to hold municipalities that prohibit firearms liable for injuries suffered by constituents who are unable to defend themselves. And the NRA wants to apply the same liability approach to Daley's decision not to abide by a federal law that allows retired police officers to carry concealed weapons.

But Daley thinks that at the very least, there's a good chance that a statewide ban on assault weapons will pass this spring. Since the federal ban on assault weapons expired in 2004, Chicago Police officers have seized 519 assault weapons.

fspielman@suntimes.com

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lamazza
January 6, 2006, 02:35 AM
All that corrupt son of a bitch is doing is fishing for votes. Chicago is notoriously left winged. I was born and raised there. Even though it is illegal to own a gun in the city, caprini green sounds like vietnam on New Years...I wonder where those folks buy their stuff...

longeyes
January 6, 2006, 03:11 AM
Hasn't Daley been talked up as a possible future Dem Presidential aspirant?

whm1974
January 6, 2006, 03:13 AM
But Daley thinks that at the very least, there's a good chance that a statewide ban on assault weapons will pass this spring. Since the federal ban on assault weapons expired in 2004, Chicago Police officers have seized 519 assault weapons.

I guess I better get my AK while I can... How does Chicago define an AW?

-Bill

4570Rick
January 6, 2006, 06:00 AM
Richard Daley Jr. is the illegitimate offspring of Richard Daley Sr. and Al Capone.:evil:

McCall911
January 6, 2006, 06:17 AM
Bless their little hearts (and even littler brains), those Libs sure have been squawking of late about gun control--again!
I don't guess those ninnies ever will learn that this particular bandwagon has not won them a national election yet!

NukemJim
January 6, 2006, 07:55 AM
How does Chicago define an AW?

Any way the want to.

Seriously, Cook County (In which Chicago is located) already has a AW Ban. There is a list of guns that are classified as an "AW" but guns can be added without passing a new law, just by having added it to the list ( I believe it is the Sheriff, not sure). So many of the guns on the list "look" like AWs.

Daley already has an AW Ban in Chicago.

This is part of his publicly stated goal of having a gun free zone that has a 100 mile radius around Chicago.

NukemJim

P.S. Do not worry about "King Richey" running for President, he is currently under federal investigation. Not saying that there would ever be any corrution in Chicago :rolleyes: .

svtruth
January 6, 2006, 09:45 AM
the New York Times has a front page story today (1/6/06) on his problems w corruption investigations.

Soybomb
January 6, 2006, 03:14 PM
the mayor wants to ban assault weapons, mandate trigger locks, license gun dealers and limit handgun purchases to one-a-month, per-person. Wait, I thought chicago had banned new handguns. Seems like someone is worrying about more of the state than he was elected to worry about.

Igloodude
January 6, 2006, 03:48 PM
Let's see...
Boston? Check.

NYC? Check.

Chicago? Check.

Okay, when is the mayor of LA going to speak up now?

Kodiaz
January 6, 2006, 04:39 PM
You know it's funny how all these cities have all this gun control. And somehow they still have all this crime. Maybe they should start handing out guns. It works for condoms and needles. :evil: :evil:

El Tejon
January 6, 2006, 05:23 PM
Chicago was not a gun free zone when I lived there.:neener:

If I ever got hit upside the head with a bag of diamonds, I would have the largest gun store on the face of the planet in Whiting or Hammond, Indiana.:D

mrapathy2000
January 7, 2006, 04:43 PM
You know it's funny how all these cities have all this gun control. And somehow they still have all this crime. Maybe they should start handing out guns. It works for condoms and needles. :evil: :evil:

what do you think the corrupt PD's do with those guns in the evidence rooms?
save them for evidence HA!

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