July 16, 2013

Statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the Committee on Public Safety's Approval of Safety Measure that Establishes Student Safety-Zones and an Ordinance Banning Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines

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“I am pleased the Committee on Public Safety has taken the first step in preventing assault weapons from contributing to the gun violence that too often plagues our communities and ensuring our children can focus on their studies and not their safety while fulfilling their educational dreams.  Every child should have access to a quality education, and that includes being safe in the classroom and on the way to and from school. We all have a role to play in building safe communities, and that includes keeping weapons designed for the battlefield off our streets and punishing those who carry or use weapons around school children with stiff penalties.”