Chicago News Roundup: ATF Goes Easy on Law-Breaking Gun Shops Fueling City Crime


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When stores sold guns that fueled Chicago crime, they broke the law, ATF went easy on them

Over the past two decades, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has let some of the Chicago area’s most notorious gun dealers off the hook for serious violations. federal law, including selling to straw buyers, transferring weapons without background checks, and falsifying sales records.

ATF inspection records obtained by The Trace and USA Today for 13 arms dealers named by the city of Chicago as suppliers of a disproportionate number of weapons used in crimes committed show the agency found more than 120 violations of the federal Gun Control Act of 1968 at these stores. Only one store passed its inspection without any violations.

The scanFirearms Tracking Reportthat then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration, released in 2017, showed that nearly one in four firearms recovered by Chicago police between 2013 and 2016 came from just 10 stores in Illinois and from northern Indiana. The three main stores together had 2,000 criminal weapons.

ATF inspection records for the arms dealers named in the report show that the agency routinely imposed lighter penalties than its guidelines warranted when it found violations at those stores.

This finding is consistent with a pattern of nationwide conciliatory inspections that media outletsdiscoveredLast year. This investigation found that between 2015 and 2017, the ATF steadily reduced penalties for retailers who break the law across the United States. Examination of more than 2,000 gun dealers showed many flouted federal laws, sold guns to convicted felons and domestic abusers, lied to inspectors and falsified records to hide their misconduct.

And when the ATF discovered these violations, it often issued penalties no stronger than warnings, sometimes repeatedly, and allowed stores to remain open.

The new batch of records provide details of inspections conducted as early as 2009 and suggest the ATF’s lax approach to investigating arms dealers has continued.

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Union League boys and girls clubs spend spring break preparing for Earth Day

Malachi Louis spends his afternoons shooting hoops at the Barreto Club in Humboldt Park, one of the boys’ and girls’ clubs in the Union League. He goes to the club almost every day and considers it his second home.

“If I don’t want to be home, I’ll come here,” said 12-year-old Malachi. “There are a lot of people here that I can trust and appreciate. I come here to play ball and vent my anger and stress.

Yesterday, Malachi and 20 others went beyond their normal activities at the Barreto Club, 1214 N. Washtenaw Ave., and spent time cleaning up the garden, planting vegetable seedlings and painting flower pots in preparation for Earth Day next week.

Children and volunteers plant new flowers in the garden and nearby trees in preparation for Earth Day at Union League Boys & Girls clubs in Humboldt Park.

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“Earth Day is meant to be a day when we help the Earth,” he said. “A lot of people have been littering, but on Earth Day we can start cleaning up and making our world more beautiful. It’s our world, and we should want it to be clean.

Earth Day, first celebrated in 1970, is celebrated annually on April 22. In recent years, the day’s global events aim to raise awareness of global climate change and sustainable, eco-friendly practices.

Kim Hawkins, vice president of club development, said with rising vaccination rates among youngsters aged 5 and up, it was a good week to hold the event, which coincides with spring break. of the CPS.

“Our gardens got a little neglected and we wanted them to have fun over spring break,” Hawkins said. Some students also decorated Easter and spring themed cupcakes.

Cheyanne M. Daniels has more here.

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Yesterday we asked you: What makes a bar a classic Chicago watering hole? Here’s what some of you said…

“The Old Style sign hanging out in front.” —Michael Seropian

“Friendly atmosphere, a grill that serves pub grub, a robust but not overwhelming selection of beers and wood paneled walls.” —Craig Barner

Dim lights, old style on tap, tavern pizza and a cast of characters at the bar. —Robert Lisowski

“Cold Beer, various types of local sports teams, good pizza menu, burgers and dogs etc. and good souls telling stories and a picture of Mayor Richard J Daley hanging on the bar. Sign Old Style a must.” —Al Komjathy

A good bar like Old Time Tap in the far south of Chicago. Run by a good local family who understand the neighborhood and appreciate their loyal customers. Plus the staff of great bartenders that make you want to stay and feel welcome and keep you coming back for more.” —Ken Miotk Jr.

“It must be in a corner. Serves breakfast, especially on weekends. —Scott Sorrel

“The adjoining liquor store.” —Cassie Wancata Wagner

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