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Cook County Sheriff`s Office seizes 200th illegal gun

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On Tuesday, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced that his department confiscated its 200th illegally owned gun.

The weapon was recovered Friday afternoon near 155th Street and Western Avenue in Harvey, based on an investigation from a tip. Another gun was also found at that location.

Sheriff Dart formed the Gun Suppression Team unit in February 2013 with the objective of seizing firearms from individuals who have had their Firearm Owners Identification cards revoked but have failed or refused to turn in their cards and weapons to the Illinois State Police.

"That this small team has recovered 200 guns from revoked FOID card holders in just six months speaks to the pervasiveness of the problem in Cook County and the brokenness of the FOID system in general," said Sheriff Dart. "Some of these people are sitting on arsenals, and the old way of nicely asking for nothing more than their cards has proven to be ineffectual. It is critical to get these weapons out of their hands before they do harm to themselves or others."

Among the 200 confiscated guns, 35 came from one man whose FOID card was revoked for mental health reasons. In addition to the firearms, the Gun Suppression Team has collected 195 revoked FOID cards and resolved 115 FOID cases.

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