The Chicago Police Department has seized more than 1,000 illegally possessed guns so far this year, according to a department news release Wednesday.
The mayor's office used the milestone to underscore the value of stricter gun laws, reiterating its call for three-year sentences for illegal gun possession. During a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy also called for a gun-transfer reporting requirement, a federal universal background check, a federal ban on assault weapons and a federal ban on high-capacity magazines.
Police officials say Chicago's police force recovers more illegal firearms than departments in any other city in the country. In 2013 the police department seized 6,813 firearms from the streets, down from 7,400 in 2012. Some of the guns were likely used to commit crimes, while others were seized from people who officers learned were carrying the guns without the proper licensing.