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.