CHICAGO, Ill. (KMOX/IRN) – Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s ready to listen to the debate over proposed legislation that would require handgun owners statewide to register their weapons.
The mayor of Chicago is proposing the statewide legislation. The bill, sponsored by two suburban lawmakers, is aimed at helping police trace the origin and ownership of guns used in crimes and to reduce the transfer of illegal firearms. Quinn says it’s up to lawmakers to decide. “I think it’s important to have the legislature address the issue, you know, and give their wisdom,” Quinn said.
The city of Chicago requires all handgun owners to register their guns with police, but the state of Illinois has no such requirement.
Quinn says there are other gun-related matters the state must focus on, such as creating a ban on assault weapons. “Those are things that I think the people of Illinois, by a wide margin, favor and we should keep an eye on those issues,” Quinn said.
The registry legislation is sponsored by State Reps. Will Davis (D-Homewood) and Rosemary Mulligan (R-Des Plaines).
Metro East State Representative Paul Evans is against the legislation proposed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“Emanuel is proposing that there is an annual $65. registration fee for each handgun, I am incensed by this, this is another attempt by Chicago can’t to flout the Constitution.”
Evans doesn’t necessarily agree that the bill is designed to help police trace the origin and ownership of guns used in crimes.
“That may be true, but just because its easier, it’s not a justification for ignoring the Bill of Rights, and that’s what they’re saying; well we haven’t done a good job of controlling violence so we’re going to ignore the Constitution .”
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