Chicago: Police Seize more than 680 guns in first five weeks of 2013

Chicago: Police Seize more than 680 guns in first five weeks of 2013Chicago Police Seize More than 680 Guns in First Five Weeks of 2013
Substantial Number of Firearm Recoveries Highlights Aggressive Antiviolence Efforts

CHICAGO – At a press conference today, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy discussed recent gun trends in the City and displayed several of the firearms recently recovered among the more than 680 weapons seized to date. Joining the Superintendent in the Deering (9th) District Community Room was Area Central Deputy Chief Eddie Johnson and Deering (9th) District Commander Joseph Gorman, whose area of command recently yielded numerous gun recoveries.

“The frequency of firearm seizures in Chicago is a critical issue which we must keep at the forefront to demonstrate why strong gun legislation is needed to keep our communities safe,” said Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy. “We will continue to do our due diligence in sweeping these deadly weapons off of the streets and combating the greatest source of our city’s violence,” he added.

In the first five weeks of the year, Area North recovered 161 weapons. Area South recovered the greatest number of firearms, with a total of 266 guns seized from its districts. A significant portion of recovered firearms also came from Area Central, where 253 weapons were seized off of the streets by police. Of note were several recent gun recoveries in the Deering District that especially underscored the need for common sense gun laws.

On the evening of January 25th, Deering District officers received an anonymous tip regarding a weapon that was observed outside in a residential yard on the 5000 block of S. Throop. Further investigation revealed a stolen 9 mm machine pistol with an extended magazine with a capacity for 50 rounds in the rear premises. Additionally, the weapon was loaded with 24 live rounds – one of which was chambered. Officers promptly secured and seized the dangerous firearm.

In an unrelated investigation several days later on January 31th, Deering District tactical officers executed a search warrant at a targeted residence on the 4900 block of S. Laflin. Upon entry, police located three firearms – all loaded – in the premises. The target of the search warrant, a convicted felon and gang member, was charged in connection with a recovered revolver and two semiautomatic handguns.

The Department’s gun recovery efforts continued across the city. On the city’s west side, Gang Enforcement and Harrison District officers partnered with the Illinois Department of Corrections to conduct parole compliance checks. A total of eighteen home visits were conducted on Saturday, resulting in the recovery of three guns.

“The ease with which criminals and gang bangers obtain firearms is a critical issue and we all need to take notice,” said Alderman James Balcer, City Council Chairman of the Committee on Public Safety. “I commend the Chicago Police Department for their daily and heroic efforts to get these guns off of our streets. We must remain committed to finding ways to keep illegal guns from getting into our communities in the first place, and in the hands of violent criminals.”

The Chicago Police Department continues to aggressively recover more firearms than other large cities in the country.