Mayor Richard M. Daley said today Chicago will continue to use every tool available to continue the fight against gun violence, no matter how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the gun industry’s challenge to the City's gun laws.
The Court’s ruling is expected by the end of June.
"We're hoping for the best and that our position will be sustained. But, in today's national climate, we have to plan for the worst, and we are," Daley said in a City Hall news conference.
"Whatever the details of the court's ruling will be, in Chicago we will always find new ways to keep guns off our streets and out of the hands of gang and drug thugs who are trying to intimidate and destroy the way of life in our neighborhoods,” he said.
In 2008, the Illinois State Rifle Association, with support from the National Rifle Association and other gun advocates, filed suit challenging Chicago's strong handgun laws. The challenge had been dismissed by two federal courts before being taken to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Daley said the City will, of course, abide by the court's ruling. If the ruling goes against the City, Chicago will continue to look for new ways to adhere to its basic commitment to keep guns off our streets and prevent gun violence.
"We will never give up or give in to the gun runners or those who want there to be more guns on the streets of Chicago," he said.
The Mayor said future steps would include:
The Mayor said that the United States remains one of the few industrialized countries in the world that places so few restrictions on gun sales and pointed out that gun violence has become a national challenge.
He said that:
Daley said that over the next few weeks he will hold a range of meetings with key law enforcement officials as well as community and-faith based groups to build a strategy for taking these next steps.
“I know that what I'm proposing goes against the political wind in many parts of our nation, and may even be unpopular in some parts of Illinois. But, that's not the point,” the Mayor said.
“It's that common sense gun laws and efforts to hold manufacturers, gun dealers and gun owners to high standards can both support the 2nd Amendment as well as protect us. That's why in Chicago we will continue our fight against gun violence -- using every tool we can,” he said.
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