Will other cities' gun laws factor in Cleveland debate?

CLEVELAND -- Other big cities have much tougher gun laws than those being proposed by Mayor Frank Jackson.

And of course Chicago and Washington D.C. are among those with the toughest.

Chicago's working on a new version of a complete ban on gun sales. A previous ban was tossed out in court.

In Washington, D.C. all guns are supposed to be registered and concealed carry is banned. Thus far, courts have upheld those measures.

Mayor Jackson wants all gun offenders required to register, all gun transactions reported and a limit of one gun sale per person every 90 days, among a host of other measures.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said, "For the people who thin it's not going to work, we've done this, we've done that, it's the mayor's point we can always do more... we have to do everything and anything that is at our disposal."

Cleveland's 53 homicides is seven more more than last year at this time, 18 more than four years ago.

Ohio Concealed Carry spokesman Phil Mulivor said he has researched aggressive gun laws in big cities.

Liberal mayors have effectively created a decoy issue. It's called guns. The real problem isn't guns. The real problem is criminals and their behavior... What's the situation in Chicago? It has some of the most grotesque high crime in the country."

Washington, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier recently said gun laws there were having a positive impact, that violent crime and robberies are both down this year.

Gun rights groups promise to sue over the Mayor's proposals.

There will be heated hearings before City Council later this summer.

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