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Illinois Ranks Low In List Comparing Gun Laws, Gun Ownership And Gun Deaths By State

With Chicago’s hyperbolic reputation when it comes to gun violence, data like this can be perplexing. If this data is right though, Illinois ranks rather low when it comes to gun deaths when compared to other states.

06/25/2014

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. (File Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

McCarthy: Lax Gun Laws To Blame For Violence

On the heels of a weekend that saw at least 37 people shot in Chicago – four of them fatally – Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said “lax state and federal gun laws” leave officers “running on a hamster wheel” in efforts to reduce gun violence.

04/14/2014

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks with the media about the Back of the Yards shooting. (CBS)

McCarthy: Stricter Penalties For Gun Crimes Would Prevent Shootings

Just this year, Chicago Police have seized 5,856 illegal firearms. Superintendent Garry McCarthy says that goes to show the challenge illegal guns pose to police and communities.

10/28/2013

Bryon Champ, 21, allegedly fired a gun during shooting that wounded 13 people in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on Sept. 19, 2013.  A second gunman fired an assault rifle in the attack. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Charged In Park Shooting Could Have Been in Prison

Superintendent McCarthy has claimed that the assault on the park never would have happened if Illinois had tougher gun laws. If suspect Bryon Champ was in jail, he wouldn’t have been involved in the shooting which triggered the revenge attack.

09/24/2013

Supt. McCarthy discusses latest anti crime efforts. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Supt. McCarthy Responds To Criticism Of Chicago Police Tactics

Chicago’s top cop seems to bristle at former New York Governor Pataki’s suggestion that Chicago’s Police tactics deserve more attention than New York, where a “stop and frisk” procedure’s been struck down, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

08/13/2013

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy discusses the spike in homicides in January 2013 on the CBS 2 Morning News on Feb. 1, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

McCarthy: Tougher Gun Laws Would Save Lives

Standing before some of the more than 4,000 guns seized by Chicago Police this year, Superintendent Garry McCarthy outlined four cases where men picked up for unlawful use of a weapon later became victims.

07/29/2013

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)

Waukegan Rejects Assault Weapons Ban

Facing a state-mandated deadline for communities to adopt firearm regulations prior to the implementation of Illinois’ new concealed-carry law, the council voted to follow overall state statute on firearms and not enact any extra measures.

07/16/2013

Chicago police display guns recently taken  off the streets. (CBS)

As Concealed-Carry Deadline Looms, What Is Best Approach?

The top cops for Chicago and Cook County are working to get guns off the streets, but a pro NRA group wants to put them back in the hands of people living in Chicago.

05/06/2013

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Group Wants To Give Out Free Shotguns In Chicago

If a group at the National Rifle Association convention gets it way, free shotguns will be handed out in Chicago.

05/04/2013

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McCarthy: Nearly 1,100 Guns Seized So Far This Year

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has started having gun seizure news conferences on a regular basis; and he says he will continue to until laws change to require that the loss, theft or transfer of a gun is reported.

CBS Chicago–02/25/2013

Chicago police display some of the more than 300 guns seized in the city in the first two weeks of 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel, McCarthy Continue Push For Tougher Gun Laws

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy continued the city’s full court press on gun violence, showing off a table full of confiscated guns, and trotting out statistics comparing Chicago to New York.

CBS Chicago–01/14/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Emanuel Wants Pension Funds To Divest From Gun Makers

As Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushes for tougher gun laws in Washington on Monday, he also wants companies that manufacture or sell assault weapons to be removed from city retirement investment plans.

01/14/2013

Guns are selling briskly at a Chicago-area gun store. (CBS)

Guns Flying Off The Shelves Amid Debate On Restrictions, Sellers Say

Sellers say customers really began buying guns and ammunition when politicians started talking about making changes to firearm laws, CBS 2’s Courtney Gousman reports.

01/04/2013

Hal Turner

Web Radio Host Gets 2 3/4 Years For Threats

Internet radio host Hal Turner was sentenced to 2 3/4 years in prison in Brooklyn today for threatening three Chicago judges.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2010