Chicago PD targets guns... er I mean BB guns...


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Autolycus
August 22, 2006, 09:09 PM
Cause there is not enough real criminals in the city this is what they are going after. I am appalled.

Originally posted by HerrGlock
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-bb22.html
BB-gun sale puts store in cops' cross hairs

August 22, 2006

BY FRANK MAIN Crime Reporter

Making good on warnings that BB-guns are illegal in Chicago, police have busted a Northwest Side store owner for selling one of the plastic weapons to a 13-year-old boy, authorities said Monday.

William Garriga, 55, owner of Divas Videos and Music at 4758 W. Belmont, was cited for not having a license to sell firearms and for illegally selling BB-guns within city limits.

Garriga could face a fine of $250 to $500 for each violation and his business license could be in jeopardy. Police said he sold at least nine BB-guns.

After an officer shot and wounded a 14-year-old boy holding a metal BB-gun Aug. 7 near the Cabrini-Green housing complex, police stressed that BB-guns are illegal in the city. Police said the shooting was justified because the officer thought the gun was real.

Last Thursday, police received a call from Northwest Side residents about a red laser light shining from a window. Officer John Tierney discovered a 13-year-old bought the BB-gun, which looks like a 9mm pistol but has an orange tip to differentiate it from a real gun. The BB-gun in the Aug. 7 shooting did not have an orange tip.

Boy grounded for BB-gun

Garriga told police he did not know BB-guns were illegal in Chicago. The Omega BB-gun the boy bought retails for $5 to $15, including BBs, a magazine for the BBs and a battery for the laser site, police said.

Officers confiscated seven BB-guns on display in Divas, police said.

The boy's mother said he and friends were eating at a restaurant before they went into Divas for movies. He saw the BB-guns and bought one, she said. The boy was grounded and lectured after the incident, his mother said.

fmain@suntimes.com

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ABTOMAT
August 22, 2006, 09:35 PM
Those don't even sound like BB guns, they sound like airsoft toys.

illini52
August 22, 2006, 11:24 PM
Yep, because people are morons and can't control their kids, we should ban BB guns. Sound like Chicago logic to me.

mp510
August 22, 2006, 11:45 PM
Actually, if these really are BB guns, which I doubt (though some .177 BB guns do come in fake colorations), there is a federal law prohibiting any laws prohibiting the sale of BB guns (except for prohibiting sales to minors).

And if this is an airsoft gun, I wouldn't be surprised if they could try to claim protection since they are capable of firing paintballs- since paintball guns are protected as well.

illini52
August 22, 2006, 11:50 PM
I'd bet it is an airsoft gun. Not too many BB guns i've seen have orange tips...and it would be nice to find one for $5-15!

Geno
August 22, 2006, 11:54 PM
Dumb :banghead:

Dumber :banghead:

Dumbest :banghead:

Not even a legal definition of a "firearm"

Doc2005

Silver Bullet
August 23, 2006, 12:13 AM
If they're so dangerous, let the Chicago police use them as their standard sidearm.

Frog48
August 23, 2006, 12:55 AM
If they're so dangerous, let the Chicago police use them as their standard sidearm.

:D Haha, thats the funniest thing I've read all day.

Autolycus
August 23, 2006, 03:25 AM
I agree Silver Bullet.

I pulled this from another forum and they all gree they are selling cheap airsoft guns. I am willing to bet that this is correct. I used BB guns because they are calling them BB guns in the article.

Either way it is silly for them to do this. I really am tired of reading about how gun crazy Illinois has become.

anotherinkling
August 23, 2006, 11:27 AM
No spray paint, no foie gras and no air guns...why am I living here?! Oh yeah, I have a decent job and a family I don't want to relocate yet. But someday, someday...

Incidentally, I believe you can own a BB gun here if you get a permit of sorts from the CPD. Don't even think about discharging it, though. I just read that the gun in question was a Daisy PowerLine Model 93 (http://www.daisy.com/shopping/customer/product.php?productid=16157&cat=259&page=1).

gezzer
August 23, 2006, 09:36 PM
Hey they will put your eye out!:evil:

ilbob
August 23, 2006, 10:45 PM
The FOID card act defines as a firearm any BB gun with a caliber in excess of .18 or muzzle velocity in excess of 700 fps.

It would not surprise me if Chicago banned BB guns.

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