Chicago has the most restrictive gun law in the country—but what is it actually accomplishing?
The law is rarely enforced because police and prosecutors find state and federal laws more useful. And as I write in a story for this week’s paper, it’s rarely complied with either. Even the police department has yet to follow through on a key mandate, a registry that was supposed to help law enforcement and the public keep track of gun offenders.
And needless to say, the shootings in Chicago haven’t stopped, as Sun-Times reporter Kim Janssen saw firsthand this week.
The gun law was put into place by former Mayor Daley, a true gun hater who also used the law as a political shield and tolerated no dissent on the issue. He may be gone, but most city officials are still nervous to talk frankly about it.