Gun Violence

Because debates about how to reduce violence in our neighborhoods inevitably lead to discussions about the appropriate length of prison sentences for violation gun possession laws, CFJC has tried to inform those debates with data-driven research explaining the history of gun laws in Illinois and across the nation. To counter the perception of some that Illinois has “weak gun laws,” CFJC research shows that the minimum sentences for unlicensed gun possession in Illinois are longer than most states. Illinois is one of few states giving permanent felonies and mandatory prison time to their citizens for this conduct.