As gun violence continues to plague the city of Chicago the Governor signs new legislation that will be tougher on the trafficking of weapons into Illinois. The new law will allow for prosecutors to seek up to 20 years of prison for a first time offense and 30 for a second offense. The law is squarely aimed at efforts to cut the number of illegal guns in Chicago and their impact on the cities’ murder count. House Minority Leader Republican Jim Durkin says that it’s clear what’s being done with many of the guns brought to Illinois.
Authorities say that a large percentage of the guns used in crimes in Chicago are brought in from Indiana where there are very few hurdles to purchasing them.