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Expert: Mentally Ill No More Violent Than Anyone Else

Mental health care and treatment are being discussed as ways to prevent gun violence, but Lorrie Jones, head of the Illinois Division of Mental Health, says just because someone has a mental problem doesn’t mean he’s a homicidal maniac.

02/02/2013

Anita Alvarez

Anita Alvarez Faces Tough Questions On Rising Violence

Anita Alvarez is as frustrated as anyone else, claiming she’s doing the best she can, with what she has to work with.

02/01/2013

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Durbin Squares Off With NRA Boss On Capitol Hill

At one point, the hearing had to be gaveled to order when Durbin and National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre accused each other of missing the point on mandatory background checks for gun purchases.

WBBM Newsradio–01/30/2013

Former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson is running in the special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in the 2nd Congressional District. (Credit: CBS)

Bloomberg Super PAC Ad Slams Halvorson’s Record On Guns

There’s a new, very high-profile, player in the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress, who this week alone plans to spend more money than any of the 16 Democratic candidates has been able to raise.

CBS 2–01/30/2013

Stephanie Gordon, one of the leaders of the Chicago chapter of One Million Moms For Gun Control. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Moms March For Gun Control

In New Jersey, the nation’s capital and in cities across the country, thousands gathered to call for more gun control.

01/26/2013

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State Rifle Association Head Supports Gun Checks For Mental Illness

The head of the Illinois State Rifle Association says Illinois has already complied with one of the elements in President Obama’s package of gun control proposals, and his group supported it.

01/26/2013

A customer purchases an AK-47 style rifle for about $1200 at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Durbin Reintroduces Assault Weapons Ban In Congress

CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports new laws could be tough to sell at gun shows, like one held in suburban Rosemont on Friday.

CBS 2–01/25/2013

Dick Durbin

Durbin Expects Expanded Background Checks For Guns

Illinois U.S. Senator Richard Durbin says he expects Congress will vote to expand background checks for weapons purchases to include gun shows.

01/20/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses proposed gun control measures he's introduced to the City Council. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Introduces Plan To Step Up Gun Control Measures In Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel escalated his assault on gun manufacturers on Thursday, accusing them of being more concerned with their bottom line than either public safety, or the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

CBS 2–01/17/2013

Firearms for sale at an area gun shop. (CBS)

Emanuel, Quinn, Preckwinkle Laud President’s Gun Control Plan

The president announced he will press Congress to pass legislation requiring background checks on all gun purchases; reinstate the ban on military-style assault weapons; renew a 10-round limit on the size of ammunition magazines; and prohibit the possession, transfer, manufacture, or import of armor-piercing bullets.

CBS Chicago–01/16/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel attends a panel discussion on gun violence at the University of Chicago on Jan. 15, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Speaks At Panel Discussion On Gun Violence

He was shot at a gas station, tried to drive to the hospital, and died. As a murder victim’s family was demanding stronger gun laws in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was pushing for stricter gun control nationwide.

CBS 2–01/15/2013

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle To Introduce Stricter Gun Regulations

Gun owners in Chicago and suburban Cook County may have new incentives for keeping better track of their weapons.

01/12/2013

Garry McCarthy on the CBS 2 Morning News, Wednesday, Dec. 5. (CBS)

Supt. McCarthy, Jackson Sr. Take Part In Gun Debate

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy took part in a spirited debate over gun violence this morning on the city’s South Side.

01/12/2013

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Mayor Plans New Firearm Ordinance; Durbin Meets With Top Cops On Gun Control

The mayor said, at the next City Council meeting on Jan. 17, he’ll introduce a new gun control ordinance, though he wouldn’t provide details.

CBS Chicago–01/10/2013

Derrick Blakely visits a gun show in Crystal Lake. (Credit: CBS)

Local Gun Show Camera Shy

CBS 2 visited a gun show at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn.

12/23/2012

A customer purchases an AK-47 style rifle for about $1200 at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Coalition Of Mayors Calls For Stricter Gun Control Laws

Spurred by the Newtown school shooting massacre, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was leading a coalition of Chicago area mayors in a renewed drive for stronger gun control laws.

CBS Chicago–12/20/2012

President Barack Obama announces that he is making an administration-wide effort to solve gun violence and has tapped Vice President Joseph Biden to lead the effort in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Obama’s Call For New Gun Control Will Have Plenty Of Backing In Chicago

President Barack Obama on Wednesday pledged to move quickly on tightening gun control laws. He formed a task force to give him recommendations within a month.

CBS 2–12/19/2012

Sandy Hook Elementary School

Opinion: Gun Reform

In the wake of the tragedy in Connecticut, it is clear that this nation needs to reform its gun laws and a number of other needs now.

12/19/2012

Walter Jacobson

Walter’s Perspective: New Gun Control Debate Is Encouraging

In the great debate about guns, there are some unexpected things happening in the wake of the horrific shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

12/18/2012

The Century 16 movie theatre is seen where a gunman opened fire on movie goers during an early morning screening of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises" July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve people were killed and more than 50 others injured. (Photo by Thomas Cooper/Getty Images)

Quigley: It’s Time For Congress To Debate Gun Control

With the Colorodo movie theater shooting massacre still fresh on the minds of the public and elected officials, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) was urging lawmakers on Tuesday to have a serious discussion about possible new gun control laws.

CBS Chicago–07/24/2012

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