May 31, 2013

Statement from Mayor Emanuel on the Passage of HB 183

Mayor's Press Office    312.744.3334

"I want to thank Speaker Madigan, President Cullerton, Senator Raoul, Senator Forby and Representative Phelps for their leadership in crafting HB 183  in response to the mandate imposed upon the state by the federal court. This bill strikes a better balance between the rights of gun owners and the unique public safety needs of Chicago and other municipalities than previous  proposals. This legislation will allow Chicago to set its own policies on assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines, reporting of lost and stolen guns, and the location of gun shops.  It also prohibits carrying loaded guns on public transportation, in our parks and schools, in bars and in government buildings.


Now that this chapter is behind us I remain committed to seeking legislation, both in Springfield and Chicago, to keep firearms off our streets and out of the hands of those who endanger our communities."


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