Official urges Feds to prosecute more gun cases
CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County official wants federal authorities to prosecute more gun cases.
In a news release Wednesday, Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey says the number of cases prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago has dropped from 129 in 1999 to 73 in 2011 to 40 in 2012. That's despite studies that have shown federal prosecutions effectively deter gun crimes.
Officials in Chicago and Cook County have been pushing for tougher gun laws recently.
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