CHICAGO (WBBM) — In what could be his last major news conference on the subject, Mayor Richard M. Daley made a strong push for passage of what he’s long called “common sense” gun laws.
As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Daley gathered elected officials, clergy, activists, and the families of people killed by gunfire, to call on the Illinois General Assembly to approve several gun control measures.
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He again called for an assault weapons ban, a background check for private gun sales. New proposals include one that would increase penalties for anyone who points a gun at police, firefighters or other first responders.
Last year, the handgun bans in Chicago and Oak Park were rendered unenforceable by the U.S. Supreme Court in the ruling on the case McDonald v. Chicago. The City Council quickly passed the new ordinance to replace the gun ban, which ordinance limits gun purchases to one per month, bans gun shops in city limits and prohibits gun owners from stepping outside their homes, even onto their porches or garages.
Daley says he is not deterred by the ruling.
“Nothing is easy in life, so you forge ahead,” Daley said. “Especially the people you hurt, who lost their loved ones, you think they’re going to give up? You think they’re going to give up because some congressman or senator or some judge rules the other way? They’re going to be in the fight for the rest of their life.”