SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A lawmaker pushing legislation to stiffen sentences for gun crimes called off action on the bill Tuesday.
Ryan Keith is a spokesman for Rep. Mike Zalewski of Riverside. He says Zalewski is still meeting with opponents of the bill with an eye toward compromise. It was scheduled for a committee hearing Tuesday.
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.
But the National Rifle Association is worried that law-abiding gun owners who are in the wrong place at the wrong time could get socked with a three-year sentence.