On Monday, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters Chicago’s gun laws are not “strict” and asked them to quit characterizing them as such.
McCarthy said, “One of the things that I would like to again try to clear up, and I ask you to please stop adopting the rhetoric of gun advocates, [is that] Chicago does not have strict gun laws.”
He did not mention Chicago’s ban on “assault weapons” or “high capacity” magazines. Nor did he mention the fact that you couldn’t even own a handgun in Chicago until the Supreme Court threw out the city’s ban on handguns in 2010 (McDonald v. Chicago).
McCarthy wasn’t done; he also said, “The state of Illinois does not have strict gun laws.”
Anyone who has driven through Illinois can attest to the fact that the laws in Illinois are nothing if not strict. For example, before driving across the state, you must either place your firearm somewhere where it is “not immediately accessible” or break it down into a “non-functioning state.”
Moreover, Illinois is the only state in the union that bans concealed carry at all times and in all places.