Protection of Minors Ordinance Passed– July 17, 2013
Chicago, IL – As Chief Sponsor of Cook County’s new “Protection of Minors 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.
Today’s headlines, filled with stories of homicides and suicides of young people, as well as children accidently shooting themselves or a sibling, beg for us to take action. Therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure that the most vulnerable in our society are safe: our children.
Practically speaking, this new law is intended to preserve, protect and promote the health, safety and welfare of minors by protecting them from gaining access to firearms without proper authorization or consent. This new law prohibits the sale or transfer of firearms to minors (under 21 years of age). It also makes it unlawful for persons to have a firearm in their home unless 1) the person has physical possession of the firearm, 2) the firearm has a trigger lock (not the safety that comes standard with a firearm), and 3) the unloaded firearm and ammunition are stored separately in locked containers.
As an elected official I am sworn to protect them. And the passing of the “Protection of Minors Ordinance” is yet another step in my strategy to develop a comprehensive public safety and anti-violence action agenda in Cook County.