The good Lieutenant, Stephen Glombicki informed the Chicago Tribune and AP of the seizure of some 300 weapons from an unnamed 63-year-old man at his house in the 3700 block of West 62nd Place.
The story sounds so familiar as I’ve heard it several times before, as the great Yogi Berra once said,"This is like deja vu all over again."
“Tips” come into the Chicago Police Department that a man, (always a serious gun collector) is selling guns to street gang members.
The well-connected officers of the CPD gun-chasing unit mobilizes, using the “tip” information obtains a search warrant, kicks down the collector’s door and takes his collection while demonizing him to the world as a dangerous and deranged criminal.
At the same time police officials and Mayor Daley tell us had that raid not occurred there would have been bodies of dead school children all over the streets of Chicago. Of course our heroes make outlandish claims about the power of the seized guns and explain how grenades and machineguns were everywhere.
In the mean time their informant and information fizzles out and they can only charge the collector with simple counts of failure to register a gun with the city. Of course they routinely refuse to register guns in Chicago on a daily basis making an unworkable Catch 22 for gun collectors.
The largest raid to date was in 1990 at the Marina City apartments of an Insurance company owner who sold his company and retired to a new job as a Cook County adult probation officer. The Marina City raids netted some 700 guns.
Problems with the case began to show. The machine guns, bazookas and grenades were not as described by our wonderful city officials. There was not one documented sale or attempted sale of a firearm to anyone. The collection owner is middle aged with a stellar background that goes to church every Sunday.
No felonies, or even misdemeanors existed to prosecute, just a quasi-criminal city ordnance violation. When the dust settled the poorly drafted and patently un-Constitutional law that snagged the collector didn’t hold water.
The Marina City raid took eight years to grind through the courts and a trial never happened. The City of Chicago grudgingly but quietly returned the weapons and dismissed the case against the collector. The collector promptly sold his considerable Chicago real estate holdings and moved out of Chicago forever. He vowed to never pay another dime to that F---ing city in taxes again.
While all this goes on, we have aldermen and women packing heat to the well protected city hall while their constituents are helpless against robbers, rapists, and killers who remain armed and dangerous despite every law on our books.