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Top Cop Says New Gun Laws Don't Equal Gun Control

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    Chicago's top cop once again called for new laws to stem the flow of illegal guns on city streets.

    Supt. Garry McCarthy on Monday displayed 302 guns seized in the first two weeks of the year, noting Chicago police recover more guns than any other U.S. city, including New York. He said the police department recovered more than 7,400 last year, including 300 assault weapons.

    "This has to stop," he said.

    McCarthy said he's pushing for several law changes, including one that would require gun owners to report the theft, loss or sale of a firearm.

    "Our intent is not to infringe on the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans to carry firearms," he said Monday, "however we'd like to insert some reasonability into the gun laws. And none of the five points that we are pressing for -- I challenge you -- are gun control."

    Other laws McCarthy wants include banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, which he called "military-grade weapons that do not have a place in our society except for in the military." He also mentioned universal background checks and mandatory sentencing for illegal gun possession.

    "The fact is, the 2nd Amendment gives us the right to bear arms yet we don't seem to have a discussion as to whether or not we should be carrying hand grenades or rocket launchers or mortars or cannons."

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel was in Washington Monday speaking about his support for new gun control measures, saying legislation should focus on limiting criminal access to guns.