Another law that will not stop gang members; I also have a problem with this on a purely legal level. If a cop labels someone a 'gang member' and they are found with a gun, and let us say that they are also possess a FOID card (which by the way only applies to ILLINOIS RESIDENTS) they would still be sentenced to prison. Can anyone not see the problem with this?
Is being a gang member illegal? If not, then the ACLU will take this new law to court saying it's depriving law-abiding gang members from their Constitutional rights. How do they determine if someone is in a gang? Is there a membership list somewhere handy?
The gang member was a convicted felon who couldn't legally own a gun in the first place...
second, if he was in Chicago and it was a pistol, it was illegal also (handgun ban).
Neither of these 2 laws did anything to stop the police officer from being shot and this 3rd law
that Quinn just signed won't either. The gang member has to be caught with the weapon BEFORE he shoots someone. What is really hypocritical is Quinn wants to release inmates early, so they can be back on the streets doing crimes just like the gang member.
Illinois where only the outlaws are armed.
So here's the new law: