Wednesday, December 9, 2009
New Illinois Gang Member Firearms Law... UPDATE:
Illinois Gang Member Firearms Law... UPDATE:
The Cook County Prosecutors have announced that they have charged the first gang member with possession of an illegal firearm under a law the Illinois governor signed last week. He faces a potential 3 to 10 year sentence if convicted as a gang member in possession of a firearm, and no probation is available.
We predicted earlier this week that persons charged under this law would also have committed several other crimes at the same time, and that there was a great possibility of this new "Enhanced Gun Crime" charge being plea bargained away.
He was charged with multiple charges. The charges were: Unlawful use of a weapon, possessing a firearm, possessing a firearm with a defaced serial number, and and possessing ammunition without having a valid state firearms owner ID card.