Chicago Top Cop: People Already Barred from Owning Guns Commit Gun Crimes

Chicago Top Cop: People Already Barred from Owning Guns Commit Gun Crimes

During Feb. 22 testimony before an Illinois state house committee, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy admitted he’s never seen anyone with a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID) commit a gun offense. 

“It just doesn’t happen,” McCarthy said.

Instead, McCarthy alleged most gun violence comes from gang members, who are “not eligible to receive [FOID] cards” to begin with. This also means they are not eligible to own guns in the state of Illinois.

McCarthy explained, “I have no concern with legal guns. I have great concern with illegal guns.”

This is a clear admission that the people committing crimes with guns in Illinois are the people who aren’t allowed to own guns in the first place, calling into question the motivation and effectiveness of calls for more restrictions on legal gun owners.

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