Chicago Reluctantly Ends Gun Registry; Homicides Down 22%


Gun owners in Chicago, the nation's third-largest city, no longer will have to register their firearms, ending a policy that has helped the police track guns for decades, the New York Times reports. “This is an ongoing battle and struggle to make sure our laws reflect the safety our residents need,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicago’s City Council modified the municipal code to comply with a new state law making Illinois the last state to allow people to carry concealed weapons in public. While the city’s bans on assault weapons and gun dealers remain, the loss of control over the gun registry, in effect since 1968, was another setback for gun control proponents. The change comes as Chicago is trying to control a rash of gun violence that drew national attention when the city’s homicide total exceeded 500 last year. The number has declined 22 percent, police say, with 295 this year compared with 377 during the same period in 2012.

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