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New Report: Chicago Police Not Reporting Gun Owners with Mental Health Issues to Ill. State Police

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Day after day we’re forced to wipe up the liberal tears after their constant crying about needing more and more gun legislation. However, where are the cries to enforce the laws already on the books?

It’s now being reported that the Chicago Police Department has repeatedly failed to report to Illinois State Police that “it confiscated a gun from a person it transported to a mental health facility.”

According to CBS 2 - Chicago:

Inspector General Joe Ferguson says in a report released Wednesday the state Firearm Owners Identification Card Act requires law enforcement to notify Illinois State Police within 24 hours of determining a person poses “a clear and present danger.”

A review determined the Chicago Police Department only once in 37 incidents over a recent 3½-year period reported to the state it confiscated a gun from a person it transported to a mental health facility.

One time in 37 incidents! That’s a failure rate that Hillary Clinton would be in awe of.

The Firearm Owners Identification Card Act has multiple stipulations to it, stating when local law enforcement needs to inform state police about a person who has had their firearm confiscated - including “subnormal intelligence, mental illness, mental impairment, incompetency, condition or disease" in order to make a determination on whether that person's firearm should be returned to them.

According to the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act:

It is hereby declared as a matter of legislative determination that in order to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public, it is necessary and in the public interest to provide a system of identifying persons who are not qualified to acquire or possess firearms, firearm ammunition, stun guns, and tasers within the State of Illinois by the establishment of a system of Firearm Owner's Identification Cards, thereby establishing a practical and workable system by which law enforcement authorities will be afforded an opportunity to identify those persons who are prohibited by Section 24-3.1 of the Criminal Code of 2012, from acquiring or possessing firearms and firearm ammunition and who are prohibited by this Act from acquiring stun guns and tasers.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the 14-page report concluded that “failure to comply with the law means the Police Department may be returning firearms to individuals whose FOID [Firearm Owner Identification] cards would otherwise have been revoked by state police.”

So, maybe it’s not a matter of needing more gun legislation, but it could simply be a matter of enforcing the existing laws.

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