Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has said that the seizure of illegal firearms is part of a crime fighting effort that has resulted in a significant drop in the number of homicides and shootings this year.
When Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets asked about gun violence, he calls for three-year mandatory minimum sentences for people caught with illegal guns. Many researchers say he should hire more cops instead.
The Chicago Police Department forfeits about $2 million every year when police destroy the guns they seize rather than sell them to licensed firearms dealers. The decision is made for emotional, political and ideological reasons.
Chicago's Police Department uses a system known as contact cards to track everything from stop and frisks to everyday contacts with citizens. But unlike NYC, the question of who gets frisked and how often isn't easy to answer.