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Police: City has 13 percent crime dip, fewer weapons on streets

Supt. McCarthy announces crime decline city. He also announces fewer weapons Chicago. | Nausheen Husain~Sun-Times

Supt. McCarthy announces crime decline in city. He also announces fewer weapons in Chicago. | Nausheen Husain~Sun-Times

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Updated: June 10, 2013 3:20PM

There was a 13 percent dip in overall crime and 3,000 fewer illegal weapons on the streets of Chicago this year, announced Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Monday.

“We’re having a good year in comparison to where we’ve been in the past in this city,” said McCarthy at the Harrison district headquarters, behind two tables of handguns, assault rifles and other recently confiscated weapons. “We have a historical gun violence problem here, and right now we’re making real progress.”

McCarthy said the crime decrease in the city over last year also has translated into about 3,000 less crime victims in 2013.

But for more progress, he said, Illinois needs stronger gun laws. He called for truth in sentencing, or curbing parole so that people convicted of a crime have to serve the period they’ve been sentenced to, as well as a 3.5-year mandatory minimum sentence for illegal gun possession.

“When illegal possession of a firearm is the same class felony as untaxed cigarettes or possession of a theft shielding device — the aluminum-lined bag that you take into a commercial building to steal with — I have to ask,” he said, “where is the priority in our legislation?”

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