Some lawmakers will make a push during the veto session for longer sentences for gun law violators. The proposal won the endorsement Tuesday of the mayor of Chicago, who vowed to lobby as hard as he could to get the measure passed. The proposal is a three-year mandatory minimum sentence for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the law is not strong enough now.
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“The same minimum penalty we have for a gun law is what we have for shoplifting, so we say that if you have a gun and use it illegally, you get the same kind of minimum for shoplifting. Really? That’s what we want to communicate? That’s the guidance we give our judges,” he said. The sponsor, State Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside), says now that concealed carry is the law, it’ll be clear who can carry a gun legally and who can’t, and this is a way to protect the public from those who are caught with illegal guns. He says the proposal is “in good shape” heading into the veto session, which starts next week.