Peoria Public Radio Staff
Wed November 6, 2013
Lawmakers tweak mandatory minimum gun bill
The bill has been weakened a lot this week.
But the idea is still to put those caught using a gun illegally behind bars for longer periods of time.
In its latest form - the mandatory minimum bill would mostly affect convicted felons or known gang members. They’d serve 4 years if found guilty of gun crimes. Democratic Representative Michael Zalewski is the bill’s sponsor.
ZALEWSKI: I think we made significant, substantive concessions in this bill while keeping the spirit of the bill, which is protecting the state - public safety. I mean, we’re gonna get a bill that goes after violent criminals with guns and that’s what we wanted.
A spokesman for Illinois’ prison system says the new bill would still be expensive.Some African-American lawmakers also spoke against the proposed mandatory minimums bill.
They say it shifts the cost and political responsibilities of Chicago’s violent crime problem onto the state.