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.