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Munoz031418SPRINGFIELD – A bipartisan group in the Illinois Senate took part in a symbolic walkout Wednesday to demand gun control in solidarity with the nation’s youth, then accompanied the move with practical action.

That action is a ban on the sale of assault rifles to individuals under the age of 21.

“As a former police officer, I have seen firsthand the damage these weapons can do in the wrong hands. It’s horrifying,” Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) said. “We have to do better to prevent this violence, and this is a step in the right direction.”

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Munoz030818SPRINGFIELD – Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson joined gun safety advocates this morning at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing to support several proposals aimed at preventing gun violence and mass shootings.

The committee took subject-matter testimony on five proposals that would separately increase both the waiting period and the age to purchase an assault weapon, ban “bump stocks,” increase mental health screenings for individuals wishing to obtain a FOID card and ban large ammunition feeding devices and body armor in response to the shooting death of Commander Paul Bauer last month.

“As a city, we’re still heartbroken. We must remain committed to never forgetting Paul Bauer and being there as a support for his wife and daughter to recognize the enormous debt that we, as a society, can never repay,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in support of House Bill 1469. “One of the things we can and should do is take every step that we can to prevent this from happening again.”

House Bill 1469, sponsored by Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago), would prohibit large capacity ammunition feeding devices and the use of body armor. Munoz is also proposing House Bill 1465, which would ban the sale or transfer of an assault weapon, assault weapon attachment, .50 caliber rifle or large capacity magazine to an individual under the age of 21. This legislation is in response to 13 people being shot by assault-style rifles last May in two of the neighborhoods Munoz represents.

”There’s no reason for anyone, especially under the age of 21, to be in possession of an assault rifle. Too often, these weapons are used to commit crimes and terrorize our communities,” Munoz said. “As we have seen in incidents nationwide, we are far beyond the time to take action on gun violence.”

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Munoz021518Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) presented a resolution today honoring Commander Paul Bauer of the Chicago Police Department who was fatally injured in a confrontation with a suspect on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Throughout his career, Commander Bauer earned 67 various awards and honorable mentions, including two for crime reduction. He joined the CPD as a 21-year-old and served for more than 31 years.

Commander Bauer did his best to become a part of the communities he served by making community outreach a priority, attending countless public meetings and hosting a monthly Coffee with the Commander meeting in his district.

Commander Bauer is remembered as an exemplary officer, a loving husband and father, and someone who cared deeply for the communities he served.

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Munoz021318From ABC 7: http://abc7chicago.com/emanuel-lawmakers-propose-change-to-carjacking-laws/3068081/

CHICAGO (WLS) -- State and local lawmakers are pushing for a change in Illinois law, to hold convicted carjackers responsible for their crimes. This comes after a recent spike in carjackings in Chicago.

Backed by a group of state lawmakers, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes to put the brakes on the surge of carjackings with a new law that closes a loophole, which police say has let would-be criminals get away almost scott free.

"You will be held accountable by the legal system. Whether you're 14 or 40," said Mayor Emanuel.

The proposed legislation doesn't toughen the three to seven year sentence for motor vehicle theft, but instead changes the requirements for the crime.

Under the current law, a person in possession of a stolen vehicle has to know it has been stolen or converted in order to be charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

City officials said it is hard to prove, meaning offenders often escape with just a misdemeanor charge, probation and immediate release.

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