CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—July 20, 2018
By: Rosemary Piser
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced today that Chicago Police have recovered over 5,000 illegal guns so far in 2018.
At the announcement Mayor Emanuel said, “I commend our officers for doing the difficult and dangerous work of taking more than 5,000 illegal guns off the streets this year. Every illegal gun recovered means fewer potential senseless shootings, fewer tragedies and less gun violence in our city.”
Superintendent Johnson added, “There are far too many guns on the streets of Chicago and the men and women of this department remain committed to creating a culture of accountability to deter individuals from engaging in senseless gun violence. We will continue our efforts to protect neighborhoods and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with community partners who are working towards a safer Chicago.”
In their effort to reduce violence, Chicago police officers continue to work with federal partners and target the flow of guns throughout the city. As of today, CPD officers have taken more than 5,170 illegal guns off city streets – that’s nearly one illegal gun seized every hour of the day and it’s more than the New York and Los Angeles Police Departments combined.
Guns were recovered through a combination of field and traffic stops, precision raids, search warrants, and community gun turn-in programs.
The guns recovered by CPD include:
- Semi-automatic handguns
- 163 assault-style weapons, including AK-47 and AR-15 rifles, and
- 2,377 individuals have been arrested on gun related charges.