Legislation that would stiffen sentences for gun crimes is getting a boost from U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, but a vote on that bill has been delayed.
The Republican from Highland Park met with Chicago-area authorities Tuesday to support legislation in the Illinois House by Rep. Mike Zalewski.
The measure would require a 3-year prison sentence for illegally packing a loaded gun. Felons and gang members could get 10 years in prison.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made it a legislative priority because of rampant gun violence in Chicago.
Kirk says criminals fear federal criminal charges because penalties are so harsh. But he says "not every crime can go federal."
Zalewski had planned a vote on the bill Tuesday but pulled back as he continues to work with opponents on compromise.
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