Chicago Police seize nearly 700 guns

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Faced with more than 40 murders in January alone, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy discussed recent gun trends Monday, displaying some of the nearly 700 guns seized by police since the New Year.

700 Guns seized by Chicago PoliceThe superintendent displayed an intratec 9mm machine pistol, commonly known as a Tec-9, that was seized from a residential yard on South Throop. It had a modified magazine, allowing it to hold up to 50 bullets. It is the kind of weapon police say lawmakers need to be targeting with tougher laws,

To get military-style guns, and the gang members who use them, off the streets.Supt. Garry McCarthy

“..And it’s this small, superheated group of individuals– of gang members who find access to firearms, use them on each other, causing death and destruction.” McCarthy said, “And that’s what we have to affect– we have to have practical gun laws up front, we have to have the men and women here who are willing to go out and do the job, get those guns off the street. And once we get those guns off the street we need to make sure we get those criminals in jail; in some cases for their own safety.”

The superintendent says last month, his officers seized two and a half times the number of guns as their counterparts in New York– a city with about three times Chicago’s population. The main difference, he says, there are tougher gun laws in New York.


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  • greg

    Why doesn't anyone ask Mr. McJersy/New York about the real reason New York seizes less guns than Chicago and why less people get shot in NY than here???

    New York Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (NY Penal Law 265.03)
    Ask any New York criminal defense lawyer from Manhattan or Brooklyn to Queens or Westchester County. There are few charges less forgiving and more aggressively enforced than Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree pursuant to New York Penal Law 265.03 (CPW 2). This crime is ruthless in its application and the potential impact is devastating.

    The law is very clear. If you are convicted of this offense there is a mandatory minimum sentence of 3.5 year in prison and a maximum term of 15 years in prison.

    What compounds this matter is that this sentence is applicable for those with no previous record. In fact, even if you have a permit out of state, if you possess that firearm in New York without a permit here (see New York Airport Gun and Criminal Possession of a Weapon), you will still be charged with this offense.

    In contrast, here in Chicago, Crook County, nobody does any jail time for illegal weapon possession. Criminals here get probation for shooting people and Murderers are out of jail in 1-3 years to roam our streets and murder again.

    Rahm, McCarthy, Quinn and Obama want to legislate firearms right out of the hands of law abiding citizens yet they couldn't care less about imprisoning the actual gang bangers that are running around shooting everyone. In fact, Illinois just closed another prison and still has a brand new prison that has never been opened, yet alone held a prisoner.

    Before they take away YOUR RIGHT to self defense lets demand that they actually take the thugs doing the shooting and killing people off the streets and put them in prison where they belong.

    While were at it why don't we ask Rahm how many of the thugs caught with illegal guns and caught shooting people are ILLEGAL ALIENS here in our "Sanctuary City", Chicago? Ask them how many of the offenders here in Chicago are out on parole and probation when they kill another child or some other gang banger.

    Oh No! Rahm and McCarthy don't want to talk about that. They'll just keep on dragging out guns seized years ago and lie claiming they were taken off the street last night.

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