Despite having some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the Windy City “does not have strict gun laws.”
“One of the things that I would like to again try to clear up, and I ask you to please stop adopting the rhetoric of the gun advocates,” McCarthy said, addressing the press.
Unsurprisingly, no one is buying it. The Washington Times reports:
Despite the superintendent’s claims, Chicago has some of the strictest gun-control mandates in the country. “Assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines are completely banned and, until a 2010 Supreme Court decision, so were handguns.
Residents now can get a permit to own a gun, but the process requires training, background checks and a firearm owner’s identification card.
“We’re here today to talk about the fact that we need mandatory minimum sentences in the state of Illinois,” he said, accompanied by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He says that increasing punishments will help prevent guns from coming into the Chicago from various outside areas.