Sunday, May 08, 2016

Handgun Found During Wrigleyville Traffic Stop, Cops Say

Police say they recovered a loaded handgun during a routine traffic stop outside of Wrigley Field and the vehicle’s driver now faces weapons and other charges.

23-year-old Anthony Coleman of Kenwood was pulled over in the 3600 block of N. Sheffield around 1AM on May 4 for traffic violations, police said.

When officers asked Coleman if he had any weapons in the vehicle, he allegedly responded, “Yes. Underneath the passenger seat.”

A .40-caliber Glock semi-automatic blue steel handgun loaded with 15 rounds was recovered from the vehicle’s floorboard, prosecutors said.

Coleman told officers that he did not have a concealed carry license, but that he was “in the process” of getting one, police said.

He’s charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, pot possession, and various traffic violations. His bail is set at $50,000.

Image: Coleman via Chicago Police Department
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  1. "In the process" of getting a CCW... not anymore!

  2. I thought that a FOID allowed you to carry a firearm in your personal vehicle. LEO's who are reading this: am I mistaken?

    1. A FOID allows you to transport your gun in your car as long as it's in a "closed container" with the magazine out. Under the seat is not considered a container.

      A note to anyone with a FOID and no CCL, a legal way to carry would be to follow the "fanny pack" rule. You can legally transport a handgun in a closed container (fanny pack) with the magazine out. Rounds may be kept in the magazine. If you were to be transporting your handgun as said above, and you were encountered by someone wishing to take your life, you would be within Illinois, Cook County, and City of Chicago law to draw the weapon, load the magazine and engage. This goes for cars, walking, biking etc... With training, this can be done in about 6 seconds.

      However, if you have a FOID, and you feel the need to carry, just take a weekend and take the classes to get your CCL. Best money you can spend right now.

    2. You can transport it but not loaded and in the reach of .

    3. The law is it must be unloaded and in a container. A glove box or console qualifies as a container, and you can have a loaded magazines in the same container.

      Know the law!

    4. FOID allows you to "transport" it in your personal vehicle...which much conform to blah blah blah...Basically short story is that it has to be "encased" and not loaded in your vehicle if not a CCW holder and just a FOID holder.

    5. To May09, 12:11pm: 430 ILCS 66/40 e says a non-resident with a valid out-of-state permit can have a concealed firearm in the vehicle. How is that treated in real life by CPD?

    6. In response to May 11, 2016, 1:40:00AM: 9/10 officers are supportive of individuals who follow the law (the others are mostly ignorant of the law). If the permit in question is a valid out of state CCL, and the carrier is following Illinois law while driving or carrying, you will be fine. If you have your state's version of a FOID and no CCL, the firearm must be transported as stated above (in a container, unloaded, no magazine).

    7. Thank you 12pm. I am concerned about the 1/10. It would be a rather bad occurrence to lose a firearm and have potential black mark on record while observing the law.

    8. To May11 12pm, if one's home state (I.e., AK) is a constitutional carry state (no FOID, no ccl needed), does the showing of one's driver license suffice?

    9. To May 14 @8:33pm. No, to have a valid out of state CCL in Illinois, the issuing state must have reciprocity with Illinois. You can find a list of state's permits that Illinois recognizes with a quick Google search. You can, however, skirt the law by following the Fanny Pack rule I stated above.

    10. 430 ILCS 66/40
      (e) Nothing in this Act shall prohibit a non-resident from transporting a concealed firearm within his or her vehicle in Illinois, if the concealed firearm remains within his or her vehicle and the non-resident:
      (1) is not prohibited from owning or possessing a
      firearm under federal law;
      (2) is eligible to carry a firearm in public under
      the laws of his or her state or territory of residence, as evidenced by the possession of a concealed carry license or permit issued by his or her state of residence, if applicable; and
      (3) is not in possession of a license under this Act.
      If the non-resident leaves his or her vehicle unattended, he or she shall store the firearm within a locked vehicle or locked container within the vehicle in accordance with subsection (b) of Section 65 of this Act.
      (Source: P.A. 98-63, eff. 7-9-13; 98-600, eff. 12-6-13.)

      According to the above, if one say, lives in Indiana or Wisconsin (or each of the other 47 states of our U.S.) and has a concealed carry license for his/her home state, one can legally drive around all of Illinois concealed (meaning loaded) as long as it is vehicle carry. One isn't restricted to being from the few reciprocity states (South Carolina, Hawaii, for vehicle concealed carry. I guess I got into the weeds by asking about a constitutional carry state because the law says "if applicable".
      To note, I will be taking your advice to do the "fanny pack carry" approach because it appears many peace officers (conveniently) won't remember (e) is there.
      By the way - thank you for the conversation.

  3. Nice stop. And...he was in the area visiting friends I suppose...

  4. Not to worry brother. Carrying loaded illegal guns = probation in crook county.

  5. Geesh what a mug...ET call home.

  6. It will be another slap on wrist "young man please know the law" "ok judge" finding know probable cause case dismissed or one day time served is his sentence.All the hard efforts of the Chicago police down the drain because of the judge.This offender had other motives no doubt.

  7. It's always same excuse i was in the process of getting this or getting that,more like in the process of about to commit a crime.Ol faithfull and father time at the 19th district courthouse will believe his bullshit story.The lame deffending attorneys will also prep this guy.