Chicago, IL—Yesterday a Cook County jury found career fireman Ted Kozak guilty of possession of two fully automatic firearms.
The guns were two prized and valuable World War Two relics. They were not involved in threats or violence but kept locked in a safe.
The guns are banned by state law. Federal law only requires registration. Because of conflicting Illinois laws the federal government refuses to allow that states residents to register such guns.
The Second Amendment allows for the keeping and bearing of arms. The Supreme Court so far has said in the 70 year-old Miller case that the arms in possession of civilians must be suitable for military use to gain protection. The Kozak guns are military weapons.
Judge Domicia Ann Stephenson revoked Kozak’s bail and ordered him incarcerated in the Cook County Jail pending sentencing. She also denied a defense motion that he be allowed to remain free on bail pending resolution of unsettled firearm matters before the current US Supreme Court.
Kozak, 58 has no previous criminal record and appeared for every court appearance since his arrest four years ago. Kozak now faces a minimum of three years in prison. The Cook County Adult Probation Department was ordered to conduct a pre-sentence investigation. Kozack will learn his fate in about a month.
Letters can be written on Kozak’s behalf and sent to the judge:
The Honorable Domicia Ann Stephenson
2600 S. California Ave
Are taxpayers somehow safer and better off now?