Chicago, IL – Activists congregated outside McCormick place on Saturday and demanded that Chicago city officials close a gun “loophole” and prohibit law enforcement officers from buying firearms from any dealer who sold a weapon that was subsequently used in a crime.
The police entrance exam was being held inside the building during the activists’ showcase, WBBM reported.
According to the group’s website, the United Power for Action and Justice is a non-partisan community group comprised of 40 religious congregations, nonprofit groups, medical centers, and civic organizations.
The activists argued that gun dealers are responsible for who they sell weapons to, and if a customer uses a gun in a crime, then the gun broker must be “shady,” WGN-TV reported, calling the ability for officers to guy guns from any dealer a “loophole.”
The group demanded that the city create and distribute a list of approved gun dealers, and said that police officers must be mandated to only purchase their duty weapons from sellers on the list.
Otherwise, the group argued, officers are using taxpayer dollars to support unscrupulous firearm dealers.
“It’s time to transform the relationship between the gun manufacturers and the police,” Jay Risk, clergy associate with St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge said at the Saturday gathering, according to WBBM.
The gun-control activists also shared their advice in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, where they told the Chicago Police Department to only purchase firearms from gun manufacturers who agree to use cutting-edge security systems.
“Gun safety technology is being developed that makes it impossible for anyone but the owner of the gun to use that weapon, but gun makers have been slow to integrate or refine these technologies,” three United Power for Action and Justice leaders wrote.
“This change, along with a much more vigorous crackdown on rogue gun dealers who sell weapons that end up at crime scenes, would dramatically reduce the damage done by those who wield guns in our city,” they said.
The activist group, which boasts 199 followers on Facebook and has been touting the exact same gun-control proposals since at least 2004.