Bill could toughen anti-gun crime laws in Illinois

By WEEK Producer

November 6, 2013 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 8:04 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – There is a new measure moving through the General Assembly which would toughen anti-gun crime laws in Illinois.

The bill is directly aimed at felons or known gang members who are prohibited by law from possessing a gun.

The proposed law has the backing of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Cook County State’s Attorney.

It increases penalties for weapons possession.

"For felons with guns, and gang members with guns, we're going to make you serve more time than is on the books right now,” said state Representative Michael Zalewski. “Now it's a three year minimum for offenses like these. We're going to ask to take it to four."

Representative Zalewski said first time offenders would have to serve 85-percent of their sentence, which is currently one year in prison.

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