Photo: Guns seized Chicago
Today, Chicago Police announced nearly 450 deadly firearms have been taken off the streets to date.
“Every day, our law abiding citizens and law enforcement officials are put in harm’s way by the brazen actions of criminals with guns,” said Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy. “The availability of guns for criminals, and their willingness to use them, is an issue we must address head on with common-sense gun legislation,” he added.
More than 180 of the guns seized in 2013 were recovered in Area South, where Calumet (5th) and Englewood (7th) Districts were tied with the most gun recoveries at 54 firearms apiece. Area Central yielded more than 160 firearms this month, with the second and third greatest number of gun recoveries occurring in Chicago Lawn (8th) and Deering (9th) Districts respectively.
Just this Saturday a semi-automatic pistol, a semi-automatic Intratec TEC-DC9 firearm and 136 live rounds of .40 caliber ammunition were recovered from a convicted felon on parole with gang affiliation.
The Chicago Police Department continues to seize more firearms than other large municipalities. To date, the Chicago Police Department has seized approximately four times as many firearms as the New York City Police Department.