Convicted Felon Federally Charged With Illegally Possessing Over 50 Firearms

WBBM Newsradio Staff
August 30, 2019 - 4:33 pm
Two people are in custody Friday after police discovered a stash of guns at a home in Lawndale on the West Side.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A federal grand jury indicted a convicted felon for allegedly illegally possessing more than 50 shotguns, rifles and handguns in his Chicago home.

Henry Reyes, 52, is charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Reyes illegally possessed 30 handguns, 15 rifles, and seven shotguns on Aug. 15, 2019, as previously reported.

Authorities conducted an overnight raid Aug. 16 at a home in the 4300 block of West Cullerton Street in Lawndale and recovered almost 60 guns, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

According to an Aug. 30 release from the Department of Justice's Northern District of Illinois, Reyes was previously convicted of murder in the Circuit Court of Cook County and he was not lawfully allowed to possess a firearm, the charges say.

Holding convicted felons accountable through federal prosecution is a centerpiece of Project Safe Neighborhoods — the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction strategy.  In the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Attorney Lausch and law enforcement partners have deployed the PSN program to attack a broad range of violent crime issues facing the district, including by prosecuting individuals who illegally possess firearms.

Police said some of the recovered firearms were assault rifles. The conviction news comes on the heels of a A U.S. Appeals Court decision, which upheld a Chicago weapon assault ban Aug. 29 that also covers Cook County. It ruled that guns rights advocates provided no compelling reason why it should diverge from a previous ruling upholding a similar ban in Highland Park.