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Updated: May 16, 2014 6:20AM

A day after one of the warmest and bloodiest weekends so far in 2014, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy again complained that “lax state and federal gun laws” are hampering his department’s ability to stem the violence.

And, he said, “weather doesn’t cause crime.”

“It creates conditions which may contribute to crime,” McCarthy said, adding: “It doesn’t prevent crime, either.”

Four people were killed and 33 were wounded in shootings this weekend, including a 24-year-old mother of two.

McCarthy acknowledged this weekend’s spike in violence during a news conference Monday afternoon. He said some of it was caused by conflicts among gang factions.

But he also said police have taken 1,500 illegal guns off the street this year already. He again called for laws that would send someone to jail if they’re caught carrying an illegal weapon and require the reporting of a lost, stolen or transferred gun.

The superintendent said police are “running on a hamster wheel, and we’re drinking from a fire hose, seizing these guns” from criminals.

“They’re not learning that carrying a firearm is going to have a severe impact on what’s happening in their lives,” McCarthy said.

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