Chicago is now jumping on the bandwagon of proposing new gun laws before the Illinois concealed carry law is enacted. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed a new assault weapon (sic) ban that would prohibit the sale and possession of such firearms in the city. From the report by WGN-TV below, it appears the bill will also contain a listing of such firearms and will also contain a magazine ban.
The second bill introduced will ban the carrying of firearms in student safety zones. While I am not completely familiar with the concept, it appears that they include the sidewalks students most frequently use when walking to school. This second bill sounds like even more of an intrusion upon the Second Amendment than the Chicago AWB depending on just how broadly a student safety zone is defined.
The second ordinance would make the punishment harsher for gun-related offenses in “student safety zones”.
Those zones are found near schools, buses, and parks across the city.
Anyone convicted of having a gun in a safety zone would face a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 for the first offense and a mandatory 30 days in jail.
A second offense would carry a fine of $5,000 to $15,000 and a mandatory three months in jail.
A third offense would carry a fine of $10,000 to $20,000 and a mandatory six-month jail term.
Neither bill nor its text is posted on the City of Chicago’s website as of now.