Supt. Johnson Announces Seizure Of More Than 100 High-Powered Assault Rifles

Mike Krauser
May 10, 2018 - 11:02 am

Mike Krauser/WBBM Newsradio


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago Police Department is touting an increase in the number of assault weapons taken off the streets.  

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced Thursday that year-to-date police have recovered more than 100 high-powered assault rifles. At Chicago Police Headquaters, a table covered with assault-style weapons were on display Thursday morning.   

“Representing a 34 percent increase compared to the assault weapons that we recovered last year and Chicago Police officers continue to seize an illegal firearm for ever hour so far this year,” Johnson said. 

At this time last year, he said, the department had seized 79 assault weapons. The actual total number of assault weapons seized this year, he said, is 106.

"These gun seizures only tell one side of the story. Making Chicago safer from gun violence cannot be left to the police deparment alone to solve," he said.

Johnson said the increase in seizures is due, in part, to partnerships with the FBI and ATF and he said there’s been more community engagement, more citizens willing to help police get weapons off the streets.

Johnson also said lawmakers need to do their part and pass what he calls “common sense gun legislation.”