Membership Has Its Privileges

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Chicago Alderman Dick Mell forgot to register his guns with the Chicago Police Department this year. He’s required to do so under one of the toughest gun laws in the country, a law he helped pass.

Mell first sought to play the "do you know who I am" card, and bully Chicago PD’s gun registration division into granting him an exception. They declined (good on them for that).

No problem. Mell has since introduced a new law that would give Chicagoans who forgot to register their guns last year a one-month grace period in which they can re-register without penalty.

Mell helpfully explains:

"It’s not just for me. It’s for other people with the same problem. It’s giving people who legitimately registered their guns at one time only to let it slip by a chance to come back into compliance," Mell said. "Some people didn’t realize that, every year, you have to re-register your guns."

By the way, if you move to Chicago, you can forget about buying a handgun like one of those Mell owns. They’ve been banned since 1982. Mell was grandfathered in. Judge for yourself how well the ban has protected Chicagoans from gun violence.

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13 Responses to “Membership Has Its Privileges”

  1. #1 |  Edintally | 

    register and re-register every year! that’s gotta suck. If the gov. didn’t know you had a gun, I’m not sure why you would tell them to begin with, but that’s just me.

  2. #2 |  Frank | 

    While we’re on the subject of anti-gun politicians.

    It’s official: Teddy Kennedy is a malignant brain tumor.

  3. #3 |  Wayne | 

    What happens if you give up one of your guns (sell it), and you don’t have it to re-register? If you don’t have to re-register, do you have to notify them that you no longer own the gun? That seems like something anyone could easily forget to do. If you are required to notify that you no longer own the gun, then forget, or if you just don’t notify them because you are not required to do so, then I guess you could look forward to your door being kicked down in the middle of the night by a goon squad looking for an un-registered firearm. What a great plan!!!

  4. #4 |  Lee | 

    I’ve been saying it for years: the people in government that like to play semantics and redefine words (no point in naming a political label, since it happens regardless of the label) are going down the path of “the 2nd Amendment, which is an affirmation of your natural rights, doesn’t say you don’t have to register, don’t have to wait 4000 years to get a firearm, can’t be limited to purchasing 1 per year, etc.”

    Another way to ban firearms is to make it financially impossible for “the common man” to own one by making ammo so expensive by regulations of each cartridge must be microstamped, registered, etc.

    Look around you at what is going on, it’s happening as we speak. It is no accident or coincidence about what is going on in the world at any time in human history. There is a plan and it is being executed.

  5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #2 Frank
    While we’re on the subject of anti-gun politicians.
    It’s official: Teddy Kennedy is a malignant brain tumor.

    I never make light of life and death issues regarding a politician’s personal life aside from wishing lifelong torturous withering pain upon those who help sustain the war against pain relieving drugs.

  6. #6 |  chris horton | 

    I think they’re calling it Mary Jo’s Malignancy. It’s been there a long time…..

  7. #7 |  Michael Chaney |

    Tesler guilty only of the charge of lying to an investigator, not guilty on charges of violating his oath and false imprisonment. Note that Tesler was in the back yard while his buddies were killing Johnston. The story is valuable in showing a behind-the-scenes look at how dirty cops cover this stuff up. It is at this point hard to imagine just how many innocent people these criminals have put in jail and got away with it.

  8. #8 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #7 Michael Chaney

    So, they’re still referring to that as a botched drug raid. That makes as much sense as referring to bank robberies as botched withdrawals, or rapes as botched romances.

  9. #9 |  Dave Hummels | 

    Do as I say not as…oh forget it, you’ll never get through to an old fashioned ward boss like Mell (or his relative the Gov) One more encouraging story from DA CITY. Central IL. may not be paradise, but I’ve never seriously considered moving up there. The grass isn’t greener in Chicagoland, its just saturated with corruption and patronage. Oh, the traffic sucks too.

  10. #10 |  ParatrooperJJ | 

    If I were a cop in Chicago, I would be getting a search warrant right now…

  11. #11 |  William | 

    Dick Mell’s pistols aren’t grandfathered in, as an alderman he is exempt from the handgun ban. Like most of the aldermen in the city he carries a concealed weapon with him everywhere he goes because they are technically considered “officers of the court.” Good to be the king, eh?

  12. #12 |  pam | 

    personally I think we need more guns in the country, there’s just not enough yet.

  13. #13 |  pam | 

    just in case we need them for something useful.