'How tough are Chicago's gun laws?


A 55-year-old woman who works as a researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago was jailed this week for bringing a pistol -- licensed, unloaded and in a case – to her office.


The woman, who also holds an "Illinois firearm owners registration card," told Chicago police that she had brought the handgun, recently purchased for home defense, to her workplace because she did not want to leave it at her residence while a work crew was there doing a renovation project.


But Chicago has perhaps the toughest gun laws in the nation and carrying the weapon, even without ammunition, is a serious offense.


A co-worker spotted the pistol case and called police who came and snatched up the information specialist from her workplace. The Chicago Tribune reports that the woman was held on $25,000 bond pending trial and placed on leave by the university.


Not too far away on the city's West Side, Chicago Police were having less luck in dealing with another crime that day than they did with the case of the pistol packing information specialist.


An unidentified male was found stabbed to death in an alleyway, marking the 50th murder in the city so far this year. The victim was later identified as a 22-year-old from across town in Calumet City, but given the low rate at which the city's 535 murders last year were solved, it looks unlikely that police will soon be identifying the one who did the stabbing.'




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