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Gun Found in Ill. State Senator Donne Trotter’s Carry-On Bag

by G&A Online Editors   |  December 6th, 2012 15

Quick, what springs to mind when you think of Illinois?

OK, yeah, Abraham Lincoln, corrupt politicians, great whitetail hunting and terrible baseball are all state treasures, but being as this is Guns & Ammo you’re reading, the real answer is the state’s ultra-strict gun laws.

So we can’t help but revel in the irony when an Illinois state senator—one who is a vocal proponent of gun control legislation—suddenly faces weapons charges.

Such is the case of Illinois state Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, who was allegedly busted with an unloaded gun and a magazine with six rounds inside his carry-on bag as he passed through security at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune.

At about 8 a.m. Wednesday, a Chicago Police officer responded to a call of a handgun spotted inside Trotter’s garment bag as it passed through X-ray screening at Checkpoint No. 2 in Terminal 1. Trotter, who has been considered one of the frontrunners for a congressional seat recently vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., was escorted to a nearby room to be interviewed upon the discovery of the gun, a .25-caliber Beretta, and a magazine containing six rounds in a side pocket.

Check out the video from ABC7 Chicago.

Trotter’s defense? The state Senator said he worked late Tuesday as a security guard for All Points Security, and in an apparent rush to pack his bag in the morning, forgot his handgun was in there, he told police. The Tribune reports Trotter has a valid Firearms Owner Identification (FOID) card and has a permit from the Illinois Department of Financial and Profession Regulation to work as a security guard.

Be that as it may, Trotter faces a felony charge of trying to bring a firearm onto a plane. After spending the night in police lockup, a Cook County, Ill., judge set Trotter’s bond for $25,000, though Trotter’s attorney, Joshua Herman, said Trotter is ready to post the $2,500 bail necessary to be released from custody.

Assistant State’s Atty. Lorraine Scaduto also said Trotter’s gun is not registered in the city of Chicago per municipal ordinance. Judge Israel Desierto also ordered Trotter to surrender any firearms in his possession. Trotter is set for a preliminary hearing next Wednesday.

A pretty shocking turn of events, given Trotter’s voting history in the Capitol in Springfield. Previously a State Representative, Trotter worked to have an assault weapons ban passed by the General Assembly during his first term, only to see it killed by the Senate. Since then, Trotter has co-sponsored his fair share of gun control legislation, including SB 1007, which would have banned the possession, manufacture, delivery, selling and purchasing of magazines with a capacity of over 10 rounds.

Check back with G&A for updates on this story.

  • Charles

    Another low in, do as I say not as i do.

    • Mack Missiletoe

      Agreed. Awful leadership! How ironic… I know he is not the only 'anti-gun' person who lives against their own rules they'd like to pass.

      I think these leaders believe Americans are too stupid to own guns… Need a good reality/history check.

  • Seriously?

    What kind of security guard carries a .25 caliber semi-auto? Just a fake story to try and cover himself!

  • Sean Browne

    I'm not sure what's more amusing, that the Illinois senator has to moonlight as a security guard or that if he does he uses a Beretta .25 caliber pocket gun!

  • Charles

    It does seem odd. A state senator moonlighting as a security guard. I thought the lived rather lavishly on their kickbacks.

  • Navy Vet

    Is anyone reading this really surprised? It's so typical of our elected officials to say one thing and do another. They come up with and enact laws all the while thinking that it's for us common folk and that they are above the law. Why did he really almost take the gun on board the plane? Just because he is a senator doesn't mean it was an accident. If a US Army psychiatrist can go on a shooting spree why not a senator? I doubt that was his intention, but how does he rate such a small bail amount? Lastly a .25, what is he a pimp when he's not a senator/security guard?

  • Mack Missiletoe

    As far s the .25 Caliber… He can own whatever gun he wants. Well, not sure now after he got busted! .25 is an odd caliber for pistol, but perhaps that is the caliber he liked.

    It is odd that he does Security work. Who knows how much he got paid… I used to work Security and though most jobs are low-pay there are some higher pay jobs out there. For a lot of people, such as retired military, Security is a way to make some extra cash.

  • Bob Lickey

    If convicted, I think mandatory prison time is necessary in this case…a minimum of 3 years and no time off for good behavior. Society should have zero tolerance for this type of "Do as I say, not as I do" scum. I also believe that if convicted, there should be no possibility of his record being expunged and he should forfeit all right to any type of future political activity.


    He probably thinks as a high ranking public official he felt above the law and would be dismissed…..wrong!

  • Patrick

    I grew up in Chicago and spent 29 years in the Capitol, Springfield heavily involved in state politics. While I don't know the actual story I can guarantee you that Trotter may be stretching the truth about a couple of key facts. One is that he was actually "working" as a security guard. It is more likely that this is a made up job provided by a political friend specifically to allow Trotter to carry a gun. Also, as pointed out in other posts a 25 caliber as a guards weapon! Who is he kidding? This is the gun he illegally carries around Chicago for personal protection. If he's gonna get caught he should at least carry a 9mm

    • Black Cat

      I couldn't agree with you more.

  • Vladimir1956

    Oh, Ye hypocrites! Do as I say not as I do. This is reminiscent of in incident involving anti-gun newspaper columnist, Carl Rowan, who preached gun control and shot an "intruder" on his property, a young kid just out for a free swim in Rowan's swimming pool. I doubt that, as a security guard, Trotter would carry a .25 caliber pistol. Chicago, with it's strict gun prohibition, has one of the worst crime rates in the country, evidence that gun control doesn't work.

  • God bless America

    You reap what you sow.

  • Russ Barclay

    Laws don't apply to the vanguard of the proletariat.

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