Chicago Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) says he wants renewed attention placed on curbing the "proliferation" of assault weapons in the city, noting that such firearms have been used in several recent gang-related shootings in or near his South Side ward.
In a news release, Lopez noted that a gunman recently fired at least 40 rounds from a semi-automatmatic rifle into a home in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.
At next week's Chicago City Council meeting, Lopez plans to introduce a resolution in support of reinstating the federal assault weapons ban. He will also formally request council hearings on "limiting the availability of assault weapons."
"Whether it's in Orlando or here in our own communities in Chicago, there's no place for assault weapons in our society," Lopez said in a statement. "If Congress won't act, then we as local lawmakers must take up the cause to limit the availability of assault rifles in our streets."
He added, "The only reason anyone would have an assault weapon in our community is to create carnage. We must explore every constitutionally available avenue at our disposal to get these guns off our streets."