By Todd Wineburner with Nick Gale
Law enforcement officials gathered in Chicago on Thursday to talk with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin about gun legislation. Participants included representatives of the Chicago Police Department, the Cook County Sheriff's Office, the Illinois State Police, and a variety of suburban police forces. A variety of opinions was expressed, but it was Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart who said the issue isn't just the number of guns--it's the number of police officers on the street. Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau added that Illinois's Firearms Owner's I.D. card system is antiquated and inefficient. He says the system has a lack of staff, and that leads to the "cracks" that offenders often fall through.
Durbin says he supports banning large-capacity magazines and military-style weapons, but he points out that he's gathering opinions in support of Vice-President Joe Biden's gun legislation efforts.