Today, the Chicago City Council approved a municipal ordinance that requires mandatory jail for those charged and convicted of gun offenses under the Chicago Municipal Code. The changes apply to those charged with violating the city gun ordinance and not the state gun laws. Therefore, these changes are expected to affect a small percentage of those charged with unlawful use of weapon UUW) in the City of Chicago. A first time UUW offense carries a minimum five day jail sentence, a second offense carries a minimum 15 days and a third offense carries a minimum of 30 days. In addition the fine for carrying a gun in the city will increase from $200 to $300.
The ordinance was approved without debate.
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