Alert the Area 2 Gun Team!
Interesting tidbit that might be fodder for a Search Warrant:
- A peculiar ordinance (attached) was introduced by Dick Mell at the last City Council meeting. It reads:
Notwithstanding any provision in the Municipal Code to the contrary, if both of the following conditions are met:
1. An application for renewal of a firearm registration certificate pursuant to Article II of Chapter 8-20 of the Municipal Code has been submitted to the Superintendent of Police ("Superintendent") between May 1, 2007 and April 1, 2008, inclusive; and
2. Such renewal application was rejected by the Superintendent solely on the grounds that it was untimely; then such renewal application may be resubmitted to the Superintendent within 30 days after the passage of this ordinance, and the Superintendent shall accept such resubmission if received by him within said 30-day period, and shall process it as if it had been timely submitted.
Why would Dick Mell introduce an ordinance that requires the Police Department to accept late gun registration renewals? Because Dick Mell has an arsenal of guns that he forgot to register and has possessed illegally in the City for several years.
About a year ago, Mell submitted an application to register a gun. Gun Registration rejected it because Mell had bought the gun several years before and this was the first time he was applying to register it. He then realized that he (or someone on his staff) had forgotten to re-register his other 12 guns - shotguns, rifles, and pistols, including a Walther PPK, the favorite of . So he submitted renewals for those guns, which Gun Registration also rejected. Because he failed to renew the registration of all these guns, he's possessed them illegally for several years. And because he failed to renew the registration, under the gun ordinance, he can't ever register these guns in again.
Phone calls were made at the highest levels to find a way around this pesky ordinance. The cops in Gun Registration stood their ground. So Mell filed an appeal at the Dept of Ka-Ching - I mean, Administrative Hearings. The case has been continued a couple of times for phone calls to be made to the Corporation Counsel, but alas, he's had no luck there either. His lawyer tried the argument that an alderman is a peace officer who can carry a gun, but nobody's buying that one. At the next hearing - this Tuesday, May 20, at 1:30 pm - it's expected that Mell's lawyer will ask to continue the case until after the June 11 City Council meeting, at which this ordinance will get passed, and Mell can register his arsenal again.
So having failed to comply with the law, and being unable to find a way around the law, Mell is just going to change the law.
Interesting that Dick Mell creates a loophole for himself when everyone else is whining about tightening up loopholes. Bet you'll never see the papers cover this story.
Labels: gun issues