Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez today called for more prison time for those convicted of gun crimes.
The two politicians, joined by Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, made their call for state legislation as Chicago continues to be plagued by a rise in homicides that has attracted national attention.
Alvarez wants the General Assembly to raise the prison sentence for felons caught carrying guns from two years to three years, with repeat offenders getting at least five years in prison. She also called for increasing the minimum sentence for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon when the offender has a loaded gun and no registration from one year to three years.
In addition, those two gun crimes would join the list of offenses subject to truth-in-sentencing guidelines in which those convicted must serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.
The changes could be considered at the Capitol during the spring session, along with many other gun control proposals. One concern likely to be raised is whether the changes would result in overburdening the state's prison system.