How do Chicago’s gun law compare nationally?

It is a relatively common line that not only does Chicago have the strictest gun laws in the country but that they are woefully ineffective at preventing gun deaths. But it appears those are merely popular misconceptions. Chicago’s gun laws are no more restrictive than other comparable major cities, i.e. Los Angeles and New York. Moreover, police contend that gang members face far more severe consequences from their gang for losing a weapon than they do by the Chicago court system.

It is debatable if Chicago has the strictest gun control laws in the country. For example, Chicago no longer registers weapons unlike Los Angeles and New York. But Chicago does have somewhat comparable restrictions as New York and Los Angeles regarding concealed carry and assault weapons.

The Chicago Police Department specifically cites the inability to punish repeat gun offenders seriously. The Police argue that the current system is the equivalent of a “catch and release,” even for repeat offenders. Unfortunately, many of the gun crimes that are committed in Chicago are done with weapons purchased outside the city. It is unclear if increased controls within Chicago will produce a measurable impact.

While Chicago may not have the strictest laws in the city, they are still numerous and rigorously enforced. If you are facing charges due to carrying an unregistered weapon, then you may want to speak to a defense attorney. A lawyer can go over the facts and help craft a strategy to minimize the risk of any serious consequences.