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Chicago Gun Rules Could Extend to All Cook County

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle plans to introduce legislation on Wednesday

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking to broaden a requirement for gun owners to report the loss, theft or sale of firearms to include all of Cook County.

It's the latest measure aimed at stopping the flow of illegal guns into Chicago, where homicides have risen.

A new Chicago ordinance would also double the jail time to six months for violators, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.

For the first time, similar reporting requirements would be expanded to all of Cook County under companion legislation that's been drawn up.

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle plans to introduce that legislation at a county board meeting on Wednesday.

Last Thursday, Emanuel said he will propose new gun control measures in an upcoming City Council session.

Both measures were quickly crafted after an assault weapons ban stalled in the Illinois General Assembly during its lame-duck session.

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