Calling gun violence Chicago’s “most urgent problem,” Mr. Emanuel, who has said the issue is one of his administration’s top priorities, introduced a proposal to the City Council that would impose tighter restrictions on gun retailers and buyers. Under the proposal, all gun sales would be videotaped, an effort to deter buyers from using false identification. Gun buyers could make only one purchase each month, and gun shops would not be allowed within 500 feet of schools or parks.
Speaking to reporters after the City Council meeting, Mr. Emanuel emphatically promoted his plan, saying that it was part of a wider strategy — including an increased police presence — to make the streets of Chicago safer.
The plan is the latest attempt by the mayor to restrict firearms in the city, a response to intractable gang-related violence. In January, a federal judge ruled that an outright ban on gun shops in Chicago was unconstitutional, citing “the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense under the Second Amendment.” The judge gave the Emanuel administration six months to come up with a new plan.
“The city of Chicago does not have a problem of too few guns,” Mr. Emanuel said. “There are way too many guns from shops in Cook County and from neighboring states that come into the city of Chicago. On any given weekend, our police officers take more guns off the streets than either New York or L.A.”
Mr. Emanuel has tried to tamp down violence in Chicago since taking office in 2011, pushing for tougher rules for gun retailers and stronger federal laws on firearms. Chicago’s rate of gun-related violence is three times that of New York.
The proposal blamed states with weaker gun laws for most of the illegal guns in Chicago, saying that from 2009 to 2013, 60 percent of the guns used to commit crimes in the city were originally bought out of state, mainly in Indiana, Mississippi and Wisconsin.