Police Seize 1,999 Firearms in First 15 Weeks of 2013
CHICAGO – Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy announced Chicago Police have seized 1,999 firearms to date in 2013 as the City’s comprehensive policing strategy continues to target illegal firearms. Superintendent McCarthy was joined by police command staff, including Austin (15th) District Commander Barbara West, in displaying a sample of recovered firearms and discussing recent gun recoveries.
“It is encouraging to see a drop in the number of murders, shootings and overall crime in the City as a result of targeted initiatives, perseverance, and collaborative relationships with community leaders, aldermen, clergy and residents,” said Superintendent McCarthy. “The reality of firearms still confronts officers and our communities far too often, and we need stronger laws to keep illegal guns off our streets, and to punish the dangerous criminals carrying them.”
In the first 15 weeks of 2013, Austin (15th) District officers have recovered 88 firearms. At the same time, shooting incidents in the district have dropped 17 percent compared to the same period last year. The City’s comprehensive policing strategy is a key part of a coordinated approach to reducing crime including stronger prevention, more stable parenting and stiffer penalties for serious offenses. Superintendent McCarthy also highlighted several recent incidents that underscore the challenge illegal guns in Chicago pose and the aggressive means by which Chicago Police ensure public safety. Last week, officers in the Austin (15th) District conducted a traffic stop that resulted in the recovery of a loaded .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol from a 23-year-old gang member who was a passenger in the vehicle. Officers recovered the weapon and charged the offender with
Aggravated UUW, Possession of a Firearm without Valid FOID, and Failure to Register a Weapon.
In an unrelated investigation, officers assigned to the Deering (9th) District tactical team conducted a search warrant at a residence that resulted in the recovery of an assault rifle and quantity of cannabis. The officers recovered a second assault rifle in Riverdale. The 24-year-old offender, a convicted felon and gang member, now faces drug- and weapon-related charges, including two counts of UUW/Felon Possess Weapon/2nd+ and Possession of Cannabis.