The Chicago City Council took up a vote in a special Wednesday session on the future of the city’s assault weapons ban and gun penalties near schools. (Getty)
In a rare special session, Chicago alderman unanimously voted on Wednesday to approve a new assault weapons ban in the city as well as harsher penalties for gun violations committed in “Safe Passage” school zones.
Additionally, the City Council voted to impose stiffer penalties for gun crimes committed along school children’s “Safe Passage” routes.
“We all have a role to play in building safe communities,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in an earlier statement according to Fox Chicago. “That includes keeping weapons designed for the battlefield off our streets and punishing those who carry or use weapons around school children with stiff penalties.”