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Dissent in Metro-East Over Gun Registry Bill

Brad Choat
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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) - What does the chief of police in East St. Louis think of the Chicago mayor’s idea to cut down on illegal gun trading in Illinois by creating a $65 per year fee for handgun registry?

KMOX News asked Michael Floore, and here’s what he said, ” I think it’s a great idea. Maybe it will help us cut down on crime.”

East St. Louis mayor Alvin Parks agrees, saying he’s willing to meet with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel in Springfield to discuss the details and ask lawmakers to pass a registry bill.

St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly is not a proponent, “What we need is more resources in terms of law enforcement and more money for Illinois State Police, not just in East St. Louis, but also in Chicago, to make sure we can prosecute people that aren’t going to pay attention to gun laws. The reason they won’t pay attention is because they’ll use the guns to commit crime.”

Kelly, Parks, and Floore took part in a “Stop the Violence” march, Saturday, in East St. Louis. That city recorded 30 murders last year and has four already this year.

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