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Rahm Emanuel proposes videotaping gun sales, setting time limits on purchases

Report highlights the failure of neighboring states to implement better gun control.
By Matt Bradwell   |   May 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM
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CHICAGO, May 28 (UPI) -- After getting shot down in his attempt ban all gun sales in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing a compromise -- restrict the potential location of gun stores and videotape all sales.

If implemented, Emanuel's proposals would restrict gun buyers from purchasing more than one firearm per month and all transactions would be videotaped to hinder those attempting to purchase under false identities. Additionally, stores would not be allowed to open in close proximity to schools or other locations important to the public trust.

"Every year, Chicago police officers take thousands of illegal guns off the street," the report says. "But, despite these efforts, it remains far too easy for criminals to get their hands on deadly weapons."

The report also highlights the problem of illegal guns entering the city from neighboring conservative states with little gun control legislation. Between 2009 and 2013, 60 percent of guns used in crimes in Chicago were purchased out-of-state, primarily from Indiana, Mississippi and Wisconsin.

Chicago's rate of gun violence is three times greater than New York City's, the New York Times noted. While Illinois has struggled to cope with its more conservative neighbors' gun laws, New York -- located in the comparatively liberal Northeast -- has seen a 75 percent drop in out-of-state gun smuggling.

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