Emanuel Calls For Statewide Gun Registry

Updated 02/09/12 – 5:46 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is looking to close a loophole that, he says, allows more illegal guns to find their way to the streets.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, the mayor is calling for state legislation that would require guns to be registered statewide, which would help police track the guns they seize.

The mayor chose the Kids off the Block Center, at 11621 S. Michigan Ave., as the venue to announce the proposed legislation.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

As CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports, Emanuel and other gun control advocates want to be able to trace ownership of guns used to commit crimes.

Right now, the chain is broken when a dealer sells a gun. Where it goes after that is anybody’s guess. Although gun owners must register and be approved for a Firearm Owner’s Identification card, their actual guns are not registered by the state.

Chicago Public Radio reported the measure would require handgun owners to pay $65 for a registration to the state. While gun owners currently must be approved for a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card, the actual guns are not registered by the state, Chicago Public Radio reported.

Mayor Emanuel compared his proposed legislation to requiring a title for a vehicle.

“You already buy a title for a car. There are other things – you buy a title for a boat,” Emanuel said. “I’m not asking you to do anything you don’t do already.”

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy calls the proposed legislation common sense.

“This law is not a gun grab. It does not infringe upon anyone’s Second Amendment rights,” he said.

The idea came from the activist priest the Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina parish.

“It’s not conservative issue, and it is not a progressive issue. It is not a Chicago or downstate issue,” Pfleger said. “It is a human life issue.”

Mayor Emanuel acknowledged that a statewide gun registry has been proposed before, and has failed. What is different now?

“I have a long history, both on the Brady Bill, assault weapon ban, and passing gun legislation,” Emanuel said.

Besides that, the proposed legislation already has bipartisan support in the Illinois General Assembly, Emanuel said.

The gun registration initiative is just one part of Emanuel’s and McCarthy’s crime reduction strategy.

Another involves following the CompStat program, a data-driven approach to fighting crime under a model started by New York City.

After starting the CompStat program, between 1990 and 2011, New York City saw homicides cut by 80%, robberies cut by 83%, and burglaries cut by 86%. Though, admittedly, crime everywhere dropped during that period.

Berkeley Law School criminal justice professor Franklin Zimring was the author of “The City That Became Safe,” a book about New York City’s crime fighting efforts.

“What happened in New York was a crime drop that was twice as big and it lasted twice as long,” Zimring said.

Zimring, a former Chicagoan who now heads criminal justice research at Berkely, wrote the book on the New York model.

But McCarthy and Bob Tracy, the CPD’s chief of crime control strategies, were there to help direct the effort in New York City.

With McCarthy and Tracy bringing CompStat from New York to Chicago, Zimring predicted “that crime will go down and go down significantly.”

McCarthy and Tracy agreed that such significant drops in crime could happen in Chicago.

McCarthy’s CompStat meetings put district commanders on the hot spot, but he’s also given them more authority, and more manpower to target crime hotspots and trends identified by Tracy.

They recently experienced a setback, when January homicides in Englewood spiked during the first three weeks of the year. But since then, McCarthy said it’s been a different story.

On Friday, McCarthy plans to announce homicides dropped by more than 75 percent in the city from Jan. 24 through Thursday, Feb. 9.

“We’ve had four murders this year since Janurary 24th; last year we had 18 murders,” McCarthy said.

The superintendent will also announce other reductions in crime rates on Friday, but he knows the New York numbers set the bar awfully high.

“I’m perfectly willing to put it all on the line, so yeah, we’re gonna get it done,” he said.

McCarthy and Zimring will be together again Friday at a University of Chicago program on reducing Urban Crime and Violence.

While the trend might be positive and the predictions optimistic, the jury is still out on what the mayor and McCarthy are trying to do.

Not long after they announced the city had gone 24 hours without a single shooting or murder one day last month, there was a localized epidemic of murders, and then relative quiet again.

  • InalienableWrights

    Get rid of this evil fuk’n abomination of a creature while you still can.

    • InalienableWrights

      It will also let them round you up and kill you.

      • Jim Hamilton

        DECATUR, Ill. (CBS) — A downstate lawmaker would like to kick Chicago and Cook County out of the Illinois.
        CBS 2 Political Producer Ed Marshall says state Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Decatur) finds that Cook County dominates all politics and legislation in Springfield, and he thinks it is time for the state to cut its largest population center adrift for the “betterment” of the rest of Illinois.
        He says Cook County should be allowed to exist apart from the state like the District of Columbia, with its own government.

      • InalienableWrights

        That’s the best Idea I have heard in a decade.

      • Afro

        Chicago Mayor’s Office · (312) 744-3300

  • t

    Corrupt California DEA where stealing drugs from evidence vaults and reselling them to cover extensive credit card debt.
    They also are creating suspects by planting evidence just so that they can steal from them.
    Given the choice of suspension or dealing with their debt most DEA are thinking outside the box.

  • george the working stiff


    • InalienableWrights

      The really bad guys George have titles like mayor, senator, officer…….

  • Calling the movers

    And how much of that $65 would go into Rahm’s pocket? I mean the city.

  • PG

    Rahm uses a flawed analogy for registering guns like one does a car or boat. With a car or boat, those are used on public roads or waterways. However, in Illinois, we aren’t allowed to conceal carry, so firearms are relegated to being carried in a persons home only. What’s next Rahm, you want people to register kitchen knives as well (since they can be used as weapons too)? Also, I fail to see how registering a firearm with the state will prevent violence. Finally….what kind of return on investment does a citizen get for giving the state the $65 registration fee? What service will the state provide for that money? i suspect nothing.

  • Just Axin

    Now’s the time to call your state rep and state senator and tell them to oppose this POS legislation.

    • InalienableWrights

      They are your owners and you are slaves. Do you think they give a Daam?

    • Afro

      Call the Mayor to and tell his office what you think

      Chicago Mayor’s Office · (312) 744-3300

  • Wolf

    This illegitimate Mayor is as stupid as the clown who is Governor of Illinois…

  • slimjim

    Hey Rahm,

    Have your gang-bangers “title” their guns before asking us to register ours.

  • Roberta Waker

    Making gun owners pay to register their guns will only put more unregistered , i.,e., illegal guns on the streets. When you purchase a gun, it is registered with the state and the seller. When criminals pay to register their guns, legal gun owners will be happy to pay to register theirs. Since this will NEVER happen, Rahm had better find some other way to collect money because this is discrimination against legal gun owners.

    • InalienableWrights

      Roberta get a clue there is no such thing as an “illegal gun” Read the second amendment:

      A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

      Fuk your criminal mayor

  • Tiried of this Clown

    This clown will sell his body for 5 dollars. Chicagoan you most recall this dimlite.

  • Joe Citizen

    This man has lost his freaking mind!

  • Impeached Rahm

    Chicagoan your mayor is killing job growth by sucking up all the spendable money away from business. I

  • Vicky Kujawa

    Cool! Are the gang members gonna register their guns too?

    • Afro

      Chicago Mayor’s Office · (312) 744-3300.

  • 38Special

    Rahm is attacking our civil liberties, I do not pay to have my Rights, I pay to drive a car as it has always been called a privilege to drive but 2nd amendment is a right not privilege and this will not pass.

    • InalienableWrights

      Hate to wake you up 38Specail but in my book traveling is a right and always will be. Guberments trick is to make us think everything is a permission.

      • 38Special

        free unrestricted travel, yes is a right but the mode of transportation isn’t mentioned. i will let the oppressors have that, but once i am deemed an all out criminal for believing in the constitution I will have nothing to lose, I will exercise all of my rights.

      • InalienableWrights

        38 get educated there is nothing in the Constitution about travlel as you infer. Rights are not written down anywhere because they are not granted by government.
        The bill of rights is a prohibition on the feds nothing more.

      • 38Special

        No where did I say the Constitution contains any script denoting ones rights to travel. The right to travel in my book comes along with Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

      • InalienableWrights

        Sorry if I misinterpreted you 38. That’s what it sounded like. We are on the same page then.

      • 38Special

        It’s all good, lets hope by sharing we have communicated to others, that they may also realize that they actually feel as we do, and may they have the revelation of what is happening today in Government.

      • InalienableWrights

        I see we are both crusaders. The world needs more then perhaps it would not be so fuked up.


  • George

    I think Rahm is flashing a gang sign in that photo of him. Mayor I would like to thank you to keep your ass in chicago and worry about what chicago does and stop trying to Govern from a Mayors position. We the rest of the state didn’t vote in your election

  • 38Special

  • InalienableWrights

    Afro – Ayn Rand had these criminals figured out long ago:

    There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. — (paraphrased: Page 406 of Ayn Rand’s, Atlas Shrugged )

    • Afro

      That is so true Inalien as the government must have laws only to justify it’s existance

  • Afro

    Where the fuk is my post CBS?

    • InalienableWrights

      I saw one of yours disappear Afro The press—titutes censoring is getting very sophisticated.

      • Afro

        Yea they are afraid of the truth

  • Afro

    I will not register any gun of mine PERIOD!

    • InalienableWrights

      The purpose of the press USED to be finding the truth. Now it’s ONLY purpose is to spread guberment lies.

      • Afro

        Yeah most of It all comes from the AP, and we know how they like to put their own spin on things.

      • Afro

        Part of the problem is the press is paid of in gratuities from the government and given special interests and tax breaks for leading and misleading the public

      • InalienableWrights

        I think they are owned outright by the globalist Afro. For instance in the early 20th century JP Morgan bought every influential paper in the US at the bequest of the Rothschilds.

  • Afro

    “a loophole that, he says, allows more illegal guns to find their way to the streets”

    A gun is not illegal

  • Afro

    voice your support for HB 148 Brandon Phelps said he may bring it up again around March and guess what.

    ISRA is proud to sponsor Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day for 2012. Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    Forget the hassle of parking near the Capitol! IGOLD will have buses going to Springfield from strategic locations throughout Illinois. Ride the bus, ride with your friends. This year there are additional buses in the Chicago area.


  • George

    I would have no problem if Rahm would have said a state wide gun registry for all felons. How many do you think would do it? None so why should I?

    • InalienableWrights

      George this may be beyond you but as far as the felons have you even heard of Rev Neimeuller’s poem?

  • J. Warsaw

    45 Auto

    I don’t think this will curtail illegal guns because they will come in from other states that don’ have laws like this I can see where law enforcement would like this law as they would have the ability to track guns used in crimes . However Mayor Emanual should be reminded that the Illinois Sheriffs association supported conceal carry for law abiding gun owners.

    • Afro

      @J.Warsaw The guns are not illegal.

  • Afro

    Rahm and this fake top cop is attacking and is a direct threat to the U.S. constitution and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I would call them terrorist!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Afro

      Al Capone was an extortionist and what Rahm is doing is modeled after capone’s Pay me or else, Fuk you Rahm, fuk you, fuk you and fuk you to your face.

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