County authorities recovered more than 80 illegally owned guns and 100 revoked Firearm Owner Identification cards in less than two months, including 20 guns taken from an individual with a revoked card.
Since the Cook County Sheriff’s new Gun Suppression Unit was launched seven weeks ago, 106 revoked FOID cards and 83 guns - including four assault weapons - have been recovered, the sheriff’s office said in a release.
The most common reasons a person is prohibited from possessing a firearm are because they have been convicted of a felony, pose a risk to themselves or others, or have an order of protection issued against them.
Nearly 4,000 cardholders in Cook County have not returned their revoked FOID cards to the Illinois State Police, the release said. One of those was found to be in possession of 20 guns.
A person with a revoked FOID card cannot purchase a firearm from a dealer, but can buy ammunition since background checks are not required.
“These statistics are unquestionable evidence systemic failure in our current FOID process puts the public at risk,” Sheriff Tom Dart said in a statement. “We have to get serious about enforcement—about recognizing that the center of the epidemic of gun violence is that weapons are in the wrong hands.”
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