Chicago, Site Of Obama Talk To Police Chiefs, Center Of Gun-Law Debate


Chicago, President Obama's home city, is at the center of a debate about the effectiveness of the kinds of gun laws the president backs, reports the Los Angeles Times. Critics say a constant stream of deadly shootings are proof that gun laws don't work, given the tough stance Chicago officials adopted toward gun ownership in the 1980s and 1990s. Obama's team believes that Chicago, with its 408 homicides so far this year, is evidence of the need for exactly what he's pushing: national laws that make it harder to get around the local restrictions simply by driving across a state or city line. “It's the patchwork of laws that doesn't serve us,” said one Obama advisor. “People just go to other jurisdictions with looser laws.”

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