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Durbin, Oberweis debate background checks for guns

Durbin, Oberweis debate background checks for guns

CHICAGO | U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and GOP challenger Jim Oberweis disagreed Monday on whether to require universal background checks for firearms purchases, with Durbin saying it would reduce violence in a country "awash in guns" and Oberweis saying he's not convinced the checks would have the…

September 29, 2014 4:02 pm Photos


Violent crime with gun brings ankle bracelet

I was watching the TV news Monday, and they said the police in Chicago had caught a man who had taken a woman at gunpoint and made her perform sex acts on him. They also reported this man, who allegedly assaulted this woman at gun point, was wearing a home monitoring device on his ankle.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am

Quinn backs county ballot measure on gun laws

CHICAGO | Gov. Pat Quinn has thrown his support behind a Cook County ballot measure that asks voters to weigh in on Illinois gun laws.

July 24, 2014 1:25 pm

Ill. congresswoman issues gun violence report

CHICAGO | U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois, is recommending tougher federal laws to combat gun violence.

June 30, 2014 1:40 pm

Chicago City Council passes strict gun store law

CHICAGO | The Chicago City Council, forced by a federal judge to allow gun sales in the city, approved an ordinance Wednesday that dramatically limits where those stores can open and puts owners on alert that the city will be looking over their shoulders every time they sell a gun.

June 25, 2014 4:37 pm Related

Kelly cooperates with Durbin to continue fight for stricter gun laws

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Matteson, who originally got elected to Congress on a platform of stricter gun laws, issued a report Wednesday detailing the level of gun-related violence across the United States.

June 25, 2014 1:28 pm

What's real source of guns used in Chicago crimes?

Brian Howey's column stated Chicago's strict gun laws don't do anything because of all the gun violence. Then he stated that most of the guns used in crime come from Indiana.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am

Chicago mayor offers gun store law, critics pounce

CHICAGO | Forced by court order to allow long-banned gun stores to open in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday introduced an ordinance that is so strict and so dramatically limits where the stores can operate that critics say it is little more than a continuation of the city's longtime ban.

May 28, 2014 4:11 pm

Judge gives Chicago 6 months to OK gun sales law

CHICAGO | The city of Chicago, which has fought for decades to keep guns out of the hands of its residents, now must craft an ordinance within 180 days that will allow gun stores to open there, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

January 14, 2014 1:10 pm

Judge: Chicago's ban on gun sales unconstitutional

CHICAGO | A federal judge on Monday overturned Chicago's ban on the sale and transfer of firearms, ruling that the city's ordinances aimed at reducing gun violence are unconstitutional.

January 06, 2014 8:00 pm

Paperless concealed carry application process a concern

SPRINGFIELD | Illinoisans soon will be able to apply for permits to carry loaded weapons in public, but the application process will be online only.

December 16, 2013 12:00 am

Indiana could use more leaders like Doc Bowen

We Hoosiers should get used to new taxes and fees. Our Republican governor and Legislature are patting themselves on the back for recent state tax cuts, but it’s just a tax shift to the city and county level.

May 16, 2013 12:00 am

Concealed carry legislation fails again

SPRINGFIELD | The latest bid to bring Illinois in line with gun laws in the rest of the nation fell short Thursday.

April 19, 2013 11:30 am

Gary mayor: Straw gun purchases must end

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson repeated her stand on the need to eliminate straw purchases of guns to arm gangs and others during Wednesday’s White House Hangout with Vice President Joe Biden.

April 17, 2013 4:00 pm
Legislature set to invite gun makers to move to Indiana

Legislature set to invite gun makers to move to Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS | The General Assembly is poised to invite gun makers currently manufacturing their products in "gun hostile" states to relocate to Indiana.

April 02, 2013 9:53 am Related

These laws would punish criminals, not gun owners

I have come up with a list of laws we should pass against the people who use guns. Then maybe we can punish criminals instead of law-abiding gun owners. These will be called the see-ya laws.

February 11, 2013 12:00 am

Chicago Democrats lay out gun law plans

SPRINGFIELD | The two Chicago Democrats who control the Illinois General Assembly have laid out their strategies for dealing with a court order requiring the state to allow citizens to carry concealed weapons.

February 07, 2013 11:00 pm

Southern Illinois rep files concealed carry bill

HARRISBURG | A Southern Illinois lawmaker on Tuesday filed a bill to legalize concealed carry in the state.

January 30, 2013 11:15 am

Gun control proposals could save American lives

People opposing our president's new request for gun control must not understand what he proposes to Congress.

January 29, 2013 12:00 am
Gun law changes around the nation

Gun law changes around the nation

View state-by-state changes in gun laws.

December 14, 2009 10:35 am
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