Mayor Emanuel and Superintendent McCarthy Announce Chicago Police Seize More Than 2,500 Illegal Firearms in 2013
Anti-Gun Violence Efforts Continue to Remove Weapons from Streets
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy announced Chicago Police have seized more than 2,500 illegal firearms to date in 2013 through ongoing violence reduction efforts designed to increase public safety. Police command staff, including Deering (009) District Commander Joseph Gorman, joined Superintendent McCarthy in displaying a sample of recovered illegal firearms and discussing recent illegal gun recoveries.
“Strategic policing and stiffer penalties are two vital parts of our comprehensive crime reduction strategy, along with more sound parenting and better prevention,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“Chicago officers do great work getting illegal guns off the street, and we need stronger punishment for the criminals who carry them.”
“Chicago has seen significant progress in reducing murders, shootings and overall crime, yet illegal guns are getting to our city too easily,” said Superintendent McCarthy. “The number of illegal guns our officers recover points to the need for stronger laws to truly address illegal guns and continue reducing violence in Chicago.”
In the first 19 weeks of 2013, Deering (009) District officers have recovered more than 150 illegal firearms and the second greatest number of guns in Area Central. Several notable arrests in Deering and other police districts last week demonstrate the relentless efforts of Chicago Police
Officers in confronting dangerous criminals with illegal firearms to protect public safety. In one incident in Deering last week, officers recovered a loaded handgun along with narcotics from a gang member after conducting narcotics surveillance in the community. Police apprehended and charged a 20-year-old offender with aggravated unlawful use of weapon and possession of cannabis in connection with the investigation.
Week 19 Gun Seizures Adjacent to the Deering District, Chicago Lawn (8th) officers arrested and charged a convicted felon and gang member on parole after a traffic stop revealed a .22 caliber pistol inside of a vehicle. A 21-year-old offender was charged with Unlawful Use of Weapon by Felon in addition to traffic violations and a warrant for parole violation. Additionally, two incidents in the Monroe (12th) District last week resulted in the recovery of a dozen firearms along with drugs and ammunition.
On Saturday, Monroe (12th) District officers seized a cache of assault weapons, ammunition, and cannabis from a South Side residence after responding to a call of a domestic disturbance.
Following the initial call, officers obtained consent to search the apartment and discovered six handguns, a shotgun, and several assault weapons, including one Mac-10 with silencer, one AR assault rifle, and two AK-47 assault rifles inside. Gun magazines and cannabis also were recovered. The 43-year-old offender was charged with numerous gun- and drug- related offenses.
On Friday, Monroe District tactical officers placed a convicted felon and gang member wanted for an armed robbery into custody. A custodial search revealed the offender was in possession of a loaded firearm. The 19-year-old offender was charged with Armed Robbery and Unlawful Use of Weapon by Felon along with other weapons-related offenses.