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Gun Confiscation in Cook County, Illinois

Posted on July 31, 2013

For approximately six months now, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has been aggressively enforcing state laws that allow police to seize firearms from gun owners who’ve had their Firearm Owner’s Identification cards revoked.

At the behest of Dart, small teams of deputies go door-to-door rounding up firearms, ammunition and FOID cards from convicts and individuals who’ve been adjudicated “mentally defective.”

According to Dart, in the past, law enforcement in Cook County was not doing enough to ensure those who were no longer allowed to lawfully possess firearms were giving up their guns.

“The system is broken,” the sheriff told The Chicago Sun-Times. “The system revokes cards, but the guns are of no consequence. … Our strong hope is that we will eliminate tragedies.”

Since February, when Dart breathed new life into the gun-confiscation program as part of a response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, his teams have seized around 160 FOID cards and nabbed about 160 guns.

Though, Dart admits, with more than 5,000 names on the list of FOID card revocations, they have their work cut out for them.

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9 thoughts on “Gun Confiscation in Cook County, Illinois

  1. Bet he,s a denocrat obama supporter

  2. I'm surprised that "convicts" don't get a visit from Police/Sheriff's deputees right after sentencing.

    I also wonder how many of these people go on to commit crimes even if they get no visits? Perhaps these confiscations are, on the net, a waste of Law Enforcement resources and time?

  3. C D Chapman says:

    "the right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT be infringed'…. 2nd Amendment U.S. Constitution.. EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW !!!

  4. So, mandatory gun registration will "not" lead to gun confiscation, eh?

    As Obama likes to say, "… stroke of the pen, law of the land – pretty cool, huh?"

    Promises of security and privacy are worthless, if all it takes is a small change in the language of the law, to go from "not" permitting a database to be used to deprive citizens of their privacy and liberties, to requiring it.

  5. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The right of the whole people, old and young, men, women and boys, and not militia only, to keep and bear arms of every description, and not such merely as are used by the milita, shall not be infringed, curtailed, or broken in upon, in the smallest degree; and all this for the important end to be attained: the rearing up and qualifying a well-regulated militia, so vitally necessary to the security of a free State. Our opinion is that any law, State or Federal, is repugnant to the Constitution, and void, which contravenes this right. – Nunn vs. State 1846

    The provision in the Constitution granting the right to all persons to bear arms is a limitation upon the power of the Legislature to enact any law to the contrary. The exercise of a right guaranteed by the Constitution cannot be made subject to the will of the sheriff. – People vs. Zerillo (1922)

  6. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of a constitutional privilege.” – Arkansas Supreme Court, 1878

    The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms – George Mason

    I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials. – George Mason

  7. RivahMitch says:

    T'would be ironic if the fire starts in Cook County, IL. MOLON LABE!

  8. Carl Benander says:

    I would think that the conviction for a felony would be sufficient reason to revoke the right to bear arms. Then, it's best that guns are removed from their possession. .In other words, it's OK to get guns out of the hands of criminals, not honest citizens.

  9. Looks like Ramit Inmanual's Fiefdom is a constitution-free zone. Time for the Second Chicago Fire and Civil War II.