Donne Trotter, an anti-gun state senator from Illinois representing the south side of Chicago, was arrested and thrown in jail for attempting to board a plane with a loaded gun. TSA stopped him at a checkpoint at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and found a .25 caliber Beretta loaded with 7 rounds buried in his handbag. Trotter was on his way to D.C., but instead spent Wednesday night in jail. His bond hearing was Thursday.
Such a charge is considered a class 4 felony and could be punishable by 1 to 3 years in prison.
State senator Trotter told police that he moonlights as a security guard, and that he simply forgot to remove the small handgun before heading to the airport.
Although he had the right ID that is required for gun-owners in Illinois, it wasn’t clear whether or not his gun was registered with Chicago, which is required by law.
Trotter announced a little over a week ago that he would be running for Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s vacant seat. Jackson resigned amid accusations that he misused campaign funds. And now an anti-gun gun owner who tried to get through airport security with a gun wants to take his place. Judging by the level of hypocrisy required to represent Chicago, I’d say Trotter is a shoo-in.
Alan Gottlieb of the gun rights advocacy group Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) had this to say:
“Trotter is a South Side Democrat, and he was a leader in the move to ban so-called ‘assault weapons’ during his first term as a state representative. A man who favored banning firearms for thousands of his fellow Illinois residents shouldn’t even have a gun, much less be packing one illegally into an airport. Senator Trotter, by his own action, has demonstrated the monumental hypocrisy of gun control advocates who try to disarm average citizens while reserving the right to bear arms for themselves alone. He should not even be serving in the state legislature, much less be running for a seat in Congress, which already has its share of gun prohibition hypocrites. Today’s incident underscores just how pathetic the anti-gun philosophy has gotten. Perhaps now he will realize how other citizens feel when they run afoul of some anti-gun law or regulation. He should apologize to every gun owner in Illinois.”
Trotter fell victim to laws that he advocates and helps create, but it’s doubtful that this episode will change his mind. As Gottlieb said, anti-gun legislators want Second Amendment rights for themselves but not for others. Everybody is equal, but some are more equal than others.