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President Preckwinkle Introduces Ordinance Requiring Lost Or Stolen Firearms Be Reported Within 48 Hours Or Face $1,000 Fine

President Preckwinkle Introduces Ordinance Requiring Lost Or Stolen Firearms Be Reported Within 48 Hours Or Face $1,000 FineCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today introduced an ordinance that would require gun owners to report the loss, theft, destruction or transfer of firearms.

The ordinance will require individuals who lose, destroy, transfer or have their firearm stolen in the County, to report it to the Sheriff’s Office within 48 hours.  Individuals who fail to comply will be subject to a $1,000 fine for the first violation. Owners will be required to report the make, model and serial number of the firearm, along with the date and location of purchase.

“Far too often guns that were purchased legally wind up in the hands of criminals,” President Preckwinkle said.  “This ordinance will help law enforcement crackdown on individuals who repeatedly fail to file reports yet claim their guns were lost or stolen after they are recovered from a crime scene.”

While the State of Illinois has enacted several laws to regulate the possession of firearms, it does not require owners to report them lost or stolen.  By addressing this loophole, the Sheriff’s Office will be empowered to work with local law enforcement to locate lost or stolen firearms and keep them out of the hands of criminals.

“As local law enforcement budgets continue to shrink, we need to be reasonable yet vigilant in our fight to ensure guns do not end up in the wrong hands and take illegal guns away from those who should not have them,” Sheriff Tom Dart said. “This ordinance does not take a single gun out of a law abiding citizen’s hands. It will allow law enforcement to go after individuals who are conducting straw purchases of guns for gangs and others who are obtaining guns illegally. I believe by passing this ordinance and working with local agencies we will be able to make our communities and streets safer places for our children and families.”

President Preckwinkle noted that a majority of gun owners are responsible, but believes this ordinance is necessary to address actions of those who are negligent or engage in criminal behavior. A recent study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab revealed that 29 percent of the illegal guns used in crimes recovered by the Chicago Police Department originated in Cook County.

“We are facing an epidemic of gun violence and our community’s need to mitigate this carnage has made public safety a central focus of my office,” said Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-7th), who is the chief sponsor of the legislation. “Today, we took our efforts one step further by introducing an ordinance requiring individuals to report lost, stolen, destroyed, or transferred firearms. This is just one of many steps that will have to be taken to address gun violence on our streets.”

The legislation is co-sponsored by Commissioners John Daley, Edwin Reyes and Larry Suffredin.

The Cook County Board of Commissioners also passed a resolution today urging the Illinois General Assembly to adopt gun control legislation that would ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines; require registration of existing firearms and require background checks on all firearm sales at gun shows — commonly referred to as the “gun show loophole.”

“There needs to be a comprehensive effort from every level of government to keep military-style weapons designed for battlefields off our streets,” President Preckwinkle said.  “I urge our representatives in Springfield to tackle common sense gun control legislation in the upcoming session.”

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7 Responses

  1. Joel L

    As far as I am aware the jurisdiction of Cook County is solely within it’s borders. It’s overreaching to try and expand jurisdiction to residents actions outside of the county.

  2. Jeremy

    Reporting a legal transfer to law enforcement is unnecessary and intrusive provided there is personal documentation of the transaction that can be presented should it be needed.

  3. John

    So all the financial mess at Chicago is cleared up and now you have time for ‘do nothing’ laws?

    WHY does Chicago politicians continue to try to get strict guns laws, when they ALREADY have some of the strictest in the nation…along with the HIGHEST MURDER RATES?!!?

    When you suggest the National Guard help you & go to Twitter for suggestions on solving your crime problem, then it’s time to at least TRY something else.
    And EVERY state that has passed a must issue CC law has had it crime rate go down. FACT!!!

    But WHY do you people continue to ignore the FACTS??? That’s the part I don’t get….

  4. John

    “There needs to be a comprehensive effort from every level of government to keep military-style weapons designed for battlefields off our streets,” President Preckwinkle said.

    Toni, “assault rifles” have been banned for decades! “Assault weapons” is a made up word for guns that LOOK LIKE assault rifles…BUT ARE NOT!

    Semi-auto and double action guns have to have the trigger pulled for every bullet fired. These are NOT the fully auto weapons of war designed for the battlefield.

    What you need to be doing is drawing up our court mandated Concealed Carry Law, and making sure there are no “Gun Free Zones” in it so that the nuts have a place to go to murder kids with no resistance.

  5. Joel L

    I’d like to see the County board become more familiar with the NFA of 1934 and the GCA of 1968 then work within this framework to better enforce existing laws. The guns used in violent crime are not being transfered legally under current law so why create even more restrictions for legal gun owners instead of punishing criminals that are already breaking the law.

  6. Just Me

    The Board needs to explain why law-abiding gun owners are being forced to report sales when they already live in incorporated areas, far less how long the sales data will be held. Repeating the common lie of “public safety” does a disservice to law enforcement, since the police already know criminals will not obey this law, while the law-abiding are arm-twisted into reporting the private sale of a lawful item. How much more privacy will gun owners be forced to give up?? I for one will never report the sale of a firearm to the county; I live in an incorporated municipality which does not require such reporting. The county has once again exceeded its statutory authority, and will soon be in court over this law.

  7. Jab

    I will give a clue to our elected politicians who really want to have a chance of passing anti violence measures and laws. Stop mixing common sense requirements (such as the requirement to report a lost or stolen firearms) with the pure political ones that will negatively affect and antagonize at least half of your constituents (the requirement to report a lawful transfer). In the first case, it is for the society’s benefit to know that a potentially dangerous implement is at large , in the hands of an unknown entity under unpredictable circumstances and no paper trail exists in case the weapon is used in a crime. In the second case the data is of no benefit to society ; the weapon is willingly transferred in a controlled fashion, to a known entity thus it is not ‘at large’ and a paper trail does exist under the form of the transfer papers that gun owners are required to keep for 20 years. All this requirement does is (besides helping create a national gun registry, a totalitarian idea that gun owners are bound to reject) is clog the system with unnecessary reports that will stand in the way of processing the really useful ones. Way to go.

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