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Chicago gun seizures highest in country

August 5, 2013 2:05:29 PM PDT
The number of illegal firearms seized by Chicago police now surpasses 4,000 for the year so far.

Monday, Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy repeated his call for stronger laws and penalties for offenders.

McCarthy says his department has confiscated 4,200 illegal guns since January 1. The superintendent points out that is more than any other city in the United States and says without longer mandatory jail sentences, too many offenders wind up re-offending or being victimized themselves.

"I want to make it clear, the victims who are criminals of gun violence are going to retaliate," McCarthy said. "If we want to stop that retaliation, we have to have stiffer gun laws and reasonable incarceration for it."

McCarthy is calling for three-year minimum sentences for offenders caught with illegal firearms.


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