Daley aims to pass new gun laws


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fedlaw
January 4, 2007, 01:10 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0701040060jan04,1,3840091.story

Daley aims to pass new gun laws

By Gary Washburn
Tribune staff reporter
Published January 4, 2007

Buoyed by the General Assembly's passage of a gun-control measure amid a long string of rejections, Mayor Richard Daley on Wednesday unveiled the city's 2007 legislative agenda with a renewed emphasis on handgun violence.

Daley called for passage of half a dozen bills, to be introduced by local state lawmakers, that would restrict sales and the types and numbers of weapons that Illinoisans could buy.

Noting that guns were involved in more than 80 percent of the 466 murders in Chicago in 2006, Daley said the way to reduce the murder rate "is to continue to get guns off our streets and out of our homes.

"The best way to do it is to pass common-sense legislation that will keep guns out of the hands of people who want to commit crimes with them."

Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, scoffed at the mayor's plans.

"I think it's typical of Daley's rhetoric," he said. "If it was up to him, nobody would own a gun."

Daley supports measures that would ban assault weapons and .50 caliber weapons, limit handgun purchases to one a month and require state police licensing of handgun dealers. The legislature has rejected those measures in the past.

A new measure would require all gun sales only by licensed dealers so that every purchaser would undergo a mandatory background check. Currently, purchasers who buy from neighbors, friends and other private parties do not undergo such checks.

Daley also supports a measure that would tighten an existing statute mandating trigger locks or other safe-keeping for guns and another proposal that would classify more gun crimes as ones that could lead to suspension or revocation of a driver's license.

Aggravated discharge of a firearm while driving now can result in loss of a license. The new legislation would add such offenses as unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated discharge of a machine gun.

Daley and other gun-control advocates won a victory with passage of a measure that requires background checks of people who buy weapons at gun shows.

With Democrats strengthening their edge in the Senate, state Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago) said that gun-control advocates have a chance of having all of the proposals passed in the coming session.

"If the NRA realizes they are in trouble and want to negotiate, which they never have in the past, we [could pass] the assault-weapons ban," said Cullerton, who appeared with Daley and other public officials at a news conference at police headquarters. "They always have said, `You inadvertently are banning skeet shooters.' We say, `Fine, sit down and tell us what is wrong with our bill because we do know that weapons that shoot down planes should not be sold.'"

Vandermyde disagreed about prospects for passage.

"I think there is going to be a lot of screaming and hollering," he said, but "I don't think they have the muscle to move this ... agenda through.

"This just becomes a regulatory and bureaucratic snafu to throw more red tape in the path of somebody buying a gun."

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gwashburn@tribune.com

Copyright 2007, Chicago Tribune

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romma
January 4, 2007, 01:26 PM
The good news is ,,, Daley will eventually run out of new laws... Maybe then he can "undo" some so he can re-pass them again.. You know, as a symbollic gesture! :barf:

Manedwolf
January 4, 2007, 01:30 PM
"I think it's typical of Daley's rhetoric," he said. "If it was up to him, nobody would own a gun."

Except Boss Daley's thug bodyguards that are always with him. Bet you they have full-auto subguns.

Punkermonkey
January 4, 2007, 01:32 PM
Sounds like California! We already have all of those laws. Oh how I wish that each and every political position had term limits!!!

Thefabulousfink
January 4, 2007, 01:40 PM
another proposal that would classify more gun crimes as ones that could lead to suspension or revocation of a driver's license.

Aggravated discharge of a firearm while driving now can result in loss of a license. The new legislation would add such offenses as unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated discharge of a machine gun.

See where I am from, I am pretty sure that both those offenses will get you jail time. Mabey Daley Do-Right should look to stoping criminals instead of passing more laws.

Unfortunately, when you tell a politician that there is a problem, 90% of them (the useless ones) automatically think the awnser is to pass more laws.:banghead:

Edit:
"If the NRA realizes they are in trouble and want to negotiate, which they never have in the past, we [could pass] the assault-weapons ban," said Cullerton, who appeared with Daley and other public officials at a news conference at police headquarters. "They always have said, `You inadvertently are banning skeet shooters.' We say, `Fine, sit down and tell us what is wrong with our bill because we do know that weapons that shoot down planes should not be sold.'"

As far as I was aware, Anti-Aircraft guns and SAMs were seriously restricted.

...and I think that if something was going to pass and I had done everything I could to stop it, I would take a 1 gun a month over an AWB any day.

K3
January 4, 2007, 01:45 PM
I love the whole .50cal vs plane argument. Where did they dig that one up? I didn't realize that folks sitting at the end of a runway with their Barrett was a big problem. It's tough enough for the average joe to hit a running deer at maybe 30 - 35 mph. A plane at a couple hundred mph or more? Mkay. Seems the Daleys and their ilk will reach for anything. This doesn't trouble me nearly as much as the fact that a good percentage of the population (herd) actually buys into this nonsense without a second thought.

MatthewVanitas
January 4, 2007, 01:47 PM
Aggravated discharge of a firearm while driving now can result in loss of a license.

Is there a fine involved too? Gee, what kind of state are you guys running over there?


Not to throw any down-staters to the wolves, but is there any advantage, RKBA-wise nationally, to having at least one or two states with ridiculous gun laws like IL, in order to contrast their crime-holes with places like Vermont and Alaska?

WI at least has some chance of CCW in the next few years, quite possibly leaving IL as the one state in the Republic without CCW for the common man.

IL has far less cultural cachet than CA, so if we have to sacrifice a state, IL might be the best option. CA also has, allegedly, almost de facto Shall Issue in some counties, due to local sheriff's stances.

Of course, it'd be preferable to sacrifice some ditzy little East Coast state that's the size of a single Texas county, but even Rhode Island has far better gun laws that IL.

Is there any prospect for improved gunlaws in IL, or will progress only come by force at the hands of the National Guard in the year 2045?

-MV

lance22
January 4, 2007, 02:21 PM
Finally, we have a good definition of "Common Sense Gun Control" from one of it's advocates:


Daley said the way to reduce the murder rate "is to continue to get guns off our streets and out of our homes.

"The best way to do it is to pass common-sense legislation ..."


So there you have it: "Common-sense" gun control means not being allowed to have guns in your home. This is further evidenced from the attempted San Fran Gun Ban where they were going to make it illegal to have a firearm even in your own home.

And, the next time Hillary says that she is in favor of "common sense" gun control, we can quote Mayor Daley to explain what that means.

longeyes
January 4, 2007, 05:06 PM
There is only one reason that politicians don't like .50 Barretts, and it's not because of the threat to civilian airliners...

buzz_knox
January 4, 2007, 05:10 PM
There is only one reason that politicians don't like .50 Barretts, and it's not because of the threat to civilian airliners...

It's because they exist. Politicians know that such rifles won't be used against them. They just have an obsessive need to control every aspect of individual lives.

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