Chicago Police Continue to Crack Down on Illegal Firearms Over 2,660 Illegal Guns Seized in Chicago This Year
CHICAGO – Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy announced that more than 2,660 illegal firearms have been recovered in 2013 as the result of strategic policing initiatives that continue to protect public safety. Superintendent McCarthy was joined by police command staff, including Morgan Park (22nd) District Commander James Gibson, in displaying recently seized illegal firearms and discussing illegal gun recoveries.
“While murders, shootings and overall crime are down significantly this year, the number of guns we continue to recover shows more needs to be done to stem the flow of illegal firearms,” said Superintendent McCarthy. “We need stronger gun laws to keep illegal guns out of our communities and stiffer penalties for the criminals who carry them.”
Several recent incidents in Area South highlight the efforts of Chicago Police. On Saturday, Englewood (7th) District tactical officers and Gang Enforcement officers recovered a machine gun from a gang member and placed the offender in custody after responding to a call of a person with a gun. Further investigation revealed the 24-year-old offender was armed with a 9mm machine gun with an extended magazine and live ammunition. The weapon was promptly recovered and the gang member was charged with Unlawful Use of Weapon – Machine Gun/Automatic Weapon.
In an unrelated incident in the Englewood District on Friday, officers arrested a gang member and convicted felon on parole after responding to a call of a battery in progress in the area. Officers observed the 23-year-old offender flee the area armed with a handgun and pursued on foot.
Police recovered a loaded .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun and charged the offender with Unlawful Use of Weapon – Felon/Use Firearm/Parole and Firearm Registration Certificate Required in addition to a warrant for parole violation.
An investigation in the South Chicago (4th) District last week underscored the issue of firearms in the possession of individuals with violent criminal histories. In this case, a convicted felon and gang member with a previous UUW conviction was arrested on weapons and drug charges in connection with two search warrants that successfully had been executed. The recovered contraband included a .22 caliber handgun, ammunition, and quantities of heroin and cannabis.
The offender was charged with drug-related offenses and Unlawful Use of Weapon – Felon/2n