Supt. McCarthy Stresses Need for Stronger Gun Laws to Continue Reducing Violence
CHICAGO – Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy announced Chicago Police have seized more than 3,900 illegal firearms to date in 2014, a result of anti-violence measures implemented Citywide to enhance public safety. Superintendent McCarthy was joined by police command staff, including Deering’s (9th) District Commander Leo Panepinto, in displaying recently seized illegal firearms and discussing illicit gun recoveries.
“While we unquestionably continue to see progress, there is still more to be done to keep illegal weapons out of the hands of criminals and off our city’s streets.” said Superintendent McCarthy. “We will continue our strategic efforts, working closely with the community to build on our reductions in crime but even with the best policing in the world, we continue to be challenged by lax state and federal gun laws.”
Chicago Police recover more illegal firearms than police in any other city in the country.
Superintendent McCarthy discussed several recent incidents that underscore the challenge of illegal guns in Chicago and the unrelenting efforts of Chicago Police to ensure public safety.
Supt. McCarthy again called for a three-year mandatory minimum sentence for illegal gun possession and truth in sentencing for gun crimes in Illinois. Already this year there are 68 people who were the offender or victim in a murder or shooting who would not have been on the streets to be involved in violence if Illinois had this law in effect.
Last week, Deering officers responded to an OEMC call and heard a woman screaming. Officers entered through an open door observed the woman pointing at the back of the apartment stating that a man with a gun just ran out the back. Officers quickly ran to the rear porch and observed the offender attempting to conceal a handgun. Officers then recovered a loaded semi-automatic pistol and placed the offender in custody. Further investigation revealed the 22 year-old offender to be a convicted felon and was charged Unlawful Use of Weapon by Felon.