Law abiding citizens should be permitted to own a handgun for the protection of their home or business.
Strengthening federal restrictions and requiring intensive background checks of those requesting
gun registrations are important first steps. Also, I support mandating that all guns sold in Chicago
require a child-safety lock
I believe that guns should be licensed in a similar way to cars. Individuals that possess handguns
in Chicago should be required to get an extensive background check, pass a class the teaches them about safe storage and handling of a firearm and register it with the city. In addition, I believe that gun dealers should also be licensed by the state, and that online records should be maintained to help police trace firearms that were used in crimes, and to help identify illegal traffickers of firearms.
I support refinement of the handgun ban ordinance
As mayor I will study and pursue new options to further restrict handguns in light of the court
decisions. But it seems that it may be difficult to completely limit legal gun ownership in Chicago.
However, the City should require and enforce strong waiting period, training, and licensing
measures to minimize guns getting into the wrong hands and the unintended consequences of
misuse of firearms—especially since statistics show that guns more often cause harm to the
members of the household than to someone else outside the household. The City should also
advocate strongly for the closure of existing loopholes in Illinois law that allow for the legal
purchase of firearms and assault weapons.
I FULLY SUPPORT THE BILL OF RIGHTS