CHICAGO – Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy announced Police have seized more than 3,825 illegal firearms to date in 2013, the result of tireless work by officers and anti-violence measures implemented Citywide to enhance public safety, and
once again called for better state gun laws.
“While there have been less shootings, less murders and less crime in Chicago this year, there’s more work to be done,” said Superintendent McCarthy. “We will continue building on our partnership with the communities we serve and we will continue implementing our comprehensive policing strategy, but to really achieve long-term reductions in violence we need stronger laws to keep illegal guns off our streets and stiffer punishment for the dangerous criminals who carry them.”
Every year more illegal guns are recovered in Chicago than in any other city in the country, and without a state law requiring significant jail time for criminals carrying illegal guns offenders can be back out on the street to commit more crimes in a matter of months. McCarthy called for a three-year mandatory minimum sentence with truth in sentencing for gun crimes in Illinois. Already this year there are more than 100 people who were the offender or victim in a murder or shooting who would not have been on the streets if Illinois had this law in effect.
Several noteworthy arrest incidents this past week highlight the challenge posed by illegal guns and the efforts of Chicago Police officers to recover them. In the Calumet (5th) District alone, four men were arrested and charged with gun offenses after police investigations found them to be in possession of firearms illegally. Three of the offenders are documented gang members, two are convicted felons and one was on parole for a prior firearms-related felony conviction.
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Weekly Gun Seizures
Tactical officers from the Calumet (5th) District, along with personnel from the Illinois Department of Corrections, conducted a parolee check of an individual in the 12100 block of S. Emerald. During the course of the check, officers discovered the subject had a
loaded, semi-automatic handgun in his house. The parolee – a documented gang member with previous firearms-related conviction – was taken into custody and charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon by Felon and a Parole Violation.
After responding to a domestic-related incident in the 10100 block of S. State St., Calumet (5th) District Tactical officers were informed that several days earlier, a woman had been threatened with a firearm but did not report the incident. Officers confronted the male suspect, who claimed to be legally in possession of the gun. A check revealed that the subject had a revoked FOID card and the gun was unregistered. The weapon was recovered and the offender was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Possession
of a Firearm without Valid FOID.
Patrol officers in the Calumet (5th) District observed a subject standing in the 11800 block of S. Princeton with a handgun tucked into his waistband. When officers approached to investigate the subject, a documented gang member and convicted felon, fled on foot. Officers apprehended the offender and after a brief struggle were able to place him into custody.
Officers recovered a .40 caliber, semi-automatic handgun which the offender claimed to have obtained in Indiana in exchange for $100 worth of cannabis. He was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon by Felon and Resisting a Police Officer. While responding to a call of “Shots Fired” in the area, Calumet (5th) District Tactical officers observed a subject running in the 12100 block of S. Stewart. The subject was holding his side, and officers soon discovered he was in possession of a handgun.
‘The offender tossed away the gun, a revolver with one live round and five spent casings, which officers quickly recovered. Immediately thereafter, officers were able to place the offender into custody. He was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, a felony, and Possession of a Firearm without Valid FOID.