- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 13, 2003

CHICAGO, Feb. 13 (UPI) — Mayor Richard M. Daley on Wednesday unveiled a new package of gun-control measures, including a proposal to raise the fee for a state firearm owner identification card from $1 a year to $25.

Daley unveiled a package of nine proposals at a news conference at police headquarters. It includes six measures that previously were turned down in the state Legislature.

"As long as violence is driven by guns, we will do everything in our power to end their easy availability," Daley said. Daley called the proposals "reasonable and commonsense gun laws."

He said he hopes with Democrats now in charge of the Legislature, the gun-control proposals will have a better chance of being adopted.

"As I have argued for many years, both in Springfield and in Washington, it is much too easy to obtain a gun in our society," he said. "We need realistic and common-sense state gun laws to reduce our murder rate and keep our neighborhoods safe."

Among the proposals would be one that cracks down on companies that equip vehicles with secret compartments for guns or drugs, raising the penalty for violations to three years in prison. Daley also wants to impose a 10-day "cooling off" period before someone could take possession of a gun and a ban on assault weapons like Uzi automatic submachine pistols and high capacity ammunition magazines.

He also wants to limit purchases to one weapon a month, conduct background checks for guns bought at gun shows, require gun makers to keep a database on each weapon's fingerprint, and require gun dealers to have a state license.

"Let's be realistic. They (police) confiscated 10,000 guns last year. We should have a trace on the bullet in each gun. Why not?" Daley said.

Daley might face opposition from Gov. Rod Blagojevich over the card fee. During the gubernatorial campaign, Blagojevich pledged not to raise the fee "one dime, not one nickel."

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