23 guns seized from anti-gun politician’s City Hall offices in FBI raid

Federal prosecutors revealed in a court hearing Thursday that recently-arrested Chicago Alderman Edward Burke, a powerful city councilman known for his opposition to gun rights, possessed 23 guns in his City Hall offices, the Chicago Tribune reports. The guns were discovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during a November raid.

Burke, as an alderman, was legally designated a “peace officer,” which allowed him to possess the guns. Still, the discovery was ironic, as Burke is known as one of Chicago’s leading anti-gun rights advocates. The alderman, who represents the city’s 14th Ward, spearheaded laws that banned cellphone cases that looked like guns and barred concealed weapons in establishments that served alcohol.

Burke is no ordinary alderman. The longest-serving alderman in Chicago history, Burke was named by the Chicago Sun-Times as the most powerful man in Chicago. He chairs the powerful Finance Committee, though Mayor Rahm Emanuel stated last week that Burke would have to relinquish his chairmanship.

According to the federal criminal complaint, Burke is being charged with extortion. The complaint alleges that Burke blocked a Chicago restaurant from receiving remodeling permits as a way of taking revenge against the restaurants owners, who allegedly refused to hire Burke’s law firm.

The complaint does not specify the name of the restaurant, but sources told the Chicago Tribune that the restaurant is the same Burger King in front of which a Chicago policeman killed Laquan McDonald in October 2014. The McDonald case made national headlines and spurred a conversation about police killings of unarmed African-Americans.

Burke’s trial will go on in federal court. Appropriately, the landmark courthouse has, since 1976, been home to more public corruption cases than any other federal courthouse in the United States.

The trial of Edward Burke parallels the corruption trial of former California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), a gun control advocate who was convicted of weapons trafficking. Just as conservatives can wonder if Yee’s true motivation for pushing gun control was to eliminate the competition, conservatives can speculate what a power-hungry, corrupt Chicago politician intended to do with his stash of firearms.



  1. slackwarerobert says

    Why would you need to hire a law firm to remodel a burger king in the first place?

    1. Jacklunchbox says

      Because it’s Chicago. Read “The Emperor” about Richard Daley sr. to see what Chicagoans have had to endure for generations.

  2. BigBlue56 says

    More typical Democrat hypocrisy…so what’s new? What is amazing though is that the electorate in Chicago are so lame.

  3. Lee says

    Well lookie here! Another gun grabber behaving badly. Funny how it works that way. The most vociferous hoplophic gun control advocates tend to have serious ethical and legal issues of their own.

  4. Lee says

    Well lookie here! Another gun grabber behaving badly. The whole history of the gun control movement is a study in hypocrisy. And its the same as it ever was. One of the first pieces of gun control legislation, the Sullivan Laws of NY from 1911. What the gun grabbers don’t tell you is WHO those laws are named for. Big Tim Sullivan, a Tammany Hall kingpin even more corrupt than the Clintons He wanted to make the streets of NYC safer, for him and his cronies as well as the muggers and gangsters in his back pocket. After all, crime victims who can shoot back are bad for business. Then there’s Kenneth Glasgow, Al Sharpton’s half brother and gun control advocate, who’s now cooling his heels in the Dothan, AL lockup facing capital murder charges. Seems after speaking at a march for our lives rally in Birmingham he hooked up with some thugs intent on robbing someone, when lo and behold one of his accomplishes shot a woman with an ILLEGALLY obtained handgun.

  5. j says

    Think the MSM will report this? Of course not. The federal courthouse in Chiraq is home to more public corruption cases than any other in the United States. Good job Rahm. This pig should be drawn and quartered and ALL his corrupt money taken away from him.

  6. Carla Florez says

    Probably all seized from convicted felons, and were headed to be melted down.

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