Gun control laws in Illinois protect citizens from those who might use a variety of handguns and even assault weapons to commit violent crimes such as robbery and to engage in gang-related violence.
Those who illegally possess these weapons run the risk of facing a variety of charges when caught, as is the case of three Illinois men placed under arrest this week. While the incidents were not related to one another, they illustrate the growing issue of illegal weapons possession in the state.
Multiple weapons recovered
Local news affiliate WTVO reports that three men, ranging in age from 22 to 36, now face charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, along with several other crimes, including one connected with a past court case. In two cases, authorities discovered the weapons during traffic stops, and one of the men, a passenger in a vehicle, tried to escape on foot to avoid arrest. Once apprehended, authorities discovered he had a stolen handgun in his possession.
Later, officers arrested a man with a gun outside a local bar. It is unknown whether the individual owned the gun legally or whether he had a permit.
Ammunition found at the scene
Authorities found a variety of ammunition at one of the traffic stops, as well as the guns. In addition to the weapons, officers found magazines and large amounts of ammunition as well.
All three incidents took place on the same evening. It is unknown whether the men involved intended to use the weapons in a planned incident or if the local judge will offer bail once the alleged offenders formally receive charges.