Gunholders around Chicago parks, schools could face higher fines

December 12, 2011

Delal Pektas

People caught with guns near Chicago schools and parks might need to pay extra money.

The City Council is expected to vote this week on a measure that would increase fines against violators. Alderman Ariel Reboyras, one of the ordinance's sponsors, said people caught with firearms could face a $3,000 fine in addition to other penalties.

"It's basically to protect the children and deter gangs and drugs and weapons offenses on or near school or park property," Reboyras said.

The Chicago City Council is expected to vote on the measure on Wednesday.