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Emanuel Wants Statewide Gun Registry



    (Published Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012)

    Rev. Michael Pfleger joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy Thursday as they supported new handgun legislation proposed in the Illinois General Assembly.

    "Too many parents struggle daily with the pain and the agony of burying their children from gun violence," Pfleger said. "We all know that ending gun violence demands a comprehensive approach."

    Emanuel thinks a state-wide gun registry is a good next step. Unlike the city of Chicago, Illinois doesn't require handgun owners to register their guns.

    Emanuel said Thursday he supports requiring all handguns be registered in Illinois to provide police with "essential information about guns used to commit a crime, reduce illegal firearm transfers, and create a fair system of accountability for gun owners."

    The mayor said he has bipartisan support for the bill, saying there will be "a gaping hole in the crime fighting strategy" unless the law is supported.

    “This is common sense gun legislation that will protect the rights of responsible gun owners while helping to keep illegal guns off the streets,” said Emanuel said in a statement.

    McCarthy said the bill will "create accountability for gun owners and firearms dealers to ensure that they act in a responsible manner in order to keep guns from falling into the hands of criminals.”