Jesiel Sits in on First Meeting with Illegal Gun Trafficking Task Force

GURNEE – State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) sat in on her first meeting with the Illegal Gun Trafficking Task Force last week following her recent appointment to the Task Force by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Westchester). Given the scourge of illegal gun violence that has plagued the city of the Chicago in recent months, and fear that it may spread to suburban communities, the efforts of the task force have become ever more pressing.

“The fear that violence due to illegal gun trafficking may spread beyond the confines of Chicago is a sad reality we must consider,” said Jesiel. “We know that Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the nation, and I think it will be vital that the task force delve into the ways in which we currently utilize these laws on the basis investigation, conviction, and penalization. There won’t be a simple answer, but we must ensure the violence associated with illegal gun trafficking doesn’t spread to our suburban communities or lead to the unnecessary targeting of law-abiding citizens. I look forward to working with the state police and the task force to find ways to deal with this troubling issue.”

The state police have highlighted on numerous occasions that the straw-purchasing of guns, 60 percent of which occur in other states, is the primary method that unregistered guns are getting into the hands of those determined to commit crime. According to statistics from the City of Chicago, twice as many illegal guns are recovered in Chicago compared to Los Angeles, and seven-times the number of New York City. Additionally, Chicago has the highest number of gang members per capita of any major U.S. city. This, and other factors, has led to the Governor’s decision to send the state police into Chicago to assist the Police in an effort to stop the violence.