Chicago, IL.—It was in September of 2006 when the Chicago police gun team kicked down fire fighter Ted Kozak’s Northwest Chicago door and grabbed his prized gun collection for the second time.
Kozak is a man who devoted his entire life to saving lives and helping his fellow man. Kozak simply likes and collects firearms while living under an assumption there is in fact a Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms in America. Kozak never sold those guns or used them in any kind of evil act.
Apparently police say that there were a couple of fully automatic firearms in Kozak's collection. Those too are collector’s items that can be lawfully owned by people in most jurisdictions outside of Chicago. Chicago simply violates the gun rights of everyone.
One such firearm was a coveted and venerable Thompson .45 caliber M1A1, sub-machine gun. The other was an increasingly rare British Sten-9MM sub-machine gun. These were museum pieces that were in excellent condition despite the reality that they are as much as 70 years old. These are hardly the tools of today’s criminals but items of significant historical interest and value.
Kozak is facing serious prison time if convicted and that would be a travesty. I say we cannot afford to put this fireman in our prison system.
There are a few legal avenues left for Kozak in Chicago where the Circuit Court judges mirror the attitude of the gun-rights hating Mayor Richard M. Daley. I just don’t see common sense or mercy ever being a part of this prosecution.
Ted Kozak is a productive and good citizen. Mr. Kozak deserves the support of every freedom loving American. Help save Ted Kozak.