Report Lost, Stolen, Destroyed Or Transferred Firearms Ordinance Passed!
– February 5, 2013“As Chief Sponsor of Cook County’s new “Report of Lost, Stolen, Destroyed or Transferred Firearms Ordinance,” I am proud to report that today, the Board of Commissioners took an important step toward protecting the lives of County residents from the senseless gun violence that is plaguing our communities. Practically speaking, this new law will deter straw purchasers, protect rightful owners of firearms from being implicated in crimes, and prevent these deadly weapons from getting into the wrong hands by requiring anyone who possesses a firearm in Cook County to report to the Sheriff’s office within 48 hours if the firearm is lost, stolen, destroyed, or transferred, or face a minimum fine of $1,000 for failing to report. But this commonsense legislation is just one of the many steps we need to take to ensure that our residents are protected. As an elected official, I am sworn to protect the lives of County residents, and I will continue to work with experts, community leaders, and other elected officials to develop a comprehensive public safety and anti-violence action agenda in Cook County that addresses unemployment, lack of youth programming, and access to mental health services. Listening to the testimony of mother after mother at yesterday’s Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee meeting who had lost children to gun violence was heartbreaking. When a bullet takes the life of an innocent person, all of us feel the pain and all of us pay the price. We have to get back to the days when losing a child to gun violence was not just another risk you ran by living in Cook County.” English and Spanish Versions below
Commissioner Garcia is the Chief Sponsor of a New Ordinance that Requires Gun Owners to Report Lost, Stolen, Destroyed Or Transferred Firearms
– January 16, 2013
“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.”