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-- -- This -- now have good control which is front center and president Obama's home state of Illinois today.
Mike Tobin is live in Chicago so Mike what are they doing there with gun laws where they have had so much gun violence over the past couple of years.
We don't want the weather going -- now is mandatory minimum sentencing and what's interesting is the focus with this latest push is really on the illegal weapons with gun violence part of almost every night in Chicago.
The mayor police -- -- -- district attorney want -- increase the penalty for a legal gun possession.
To three and a half years they also are pushing for truth in sentencing to guarantee that a -- does not -- just a fraction of its time.
When you commit a serious gun offense.
You should serve the time.
To victims deserve it.
Public demands it in the criminal justice system should deliver.
-- high profile community activist father Michael flake here is in sync with the city leaders and he says unabashedly.
They're seizing on the emotion of the killing -- little Haditha Pendleton the girl who was killed after performing -- president's inauguration.
And the a massacre at sandy hook elementary to further an agenda that was pre existing.
My -- around -- males had a -- tenure there as -- as we know from covering these stories since Newtown they have some of the toughest gun laws in the country.
So now that they moved to this sentencing strategy.
And truth in sentencing.
Is -- -- that that's gonna work.
Well you know you really hit the nail right on the head because the prisons are down state in Illinois and the prisons.
Are already overcrowded so you may get some push back if you make the sentences -- -- ultimately you're gonna have more convicts in more prison bags.
And the rest of Illinois has to foot the bills -- you may get that pushed back from lawmakers downstate.
It's an unfunded mandate and you know the state of Illinois and a budget problem course.
And we're trying to cut corners and they're -- Lincoln and the balance the budget.
-- the governor of Illinois recently decided to close two prisons in their soul overcrowded that in six different prisons you have prisoners bunking in -- jams you may not have a lot of sympathy for them but the prison guards are complaining that they are at risk because there's so badly outnumbered.
My -- a similar attack us -- -- is doctor.
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