Rivera Rebuts Dart (Cook County, IL) — CPD Sergeant Noland Rivera, the most highly trained and highly qualified candidate in the race for Cook County Sheriff, rebuts his opponent Dart’s call for new laws on ammunition sales. “Dart lacks the ability to control systems already in place, now he wants to punish law abiding citizens for the actions of criminals he and the system won’t hold accountable,” said Rivera. “He’s just trying to grab headlines that go nowhere. Illinois already requires gun and ammunition buyers to present a valid FOID card, a law ignored by straw purchasers and criminals alike,” he continued.
Article 1 section 22 of the Illinois Constitution states, “Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
“There are already dozens of gun laws on the books. What good are they, or more laws, if you have no intent to enforce them?” he asked. Attempting to track every ammunition sale will require massive amounts of database information. “Dart can’t keep track of over 300 individuals on electronic monitoring, his own program, and he’s calling for tracking literally hundreds of thousands of ammunition sales”, he said. This concept also does nothing to keep felons from buying ammunition in other states. “If he wanted to make an impact on shootings and crime he would be working with the Chief Judge and County Prosecutor on keeping violent repeat offenders behind bars, apparently something he can’t or won’t do,” exclaimed Rivera. “We have felons arrested for multiple gun charges and no prosecutions; does he really expect prosecutions for ammunition purchases?” he questioned. “For Dart it is convenient to point fingers at others rather than do the hard work of making the hard choices that are required. This ill-conceived bureaucratic proposal would take legislation and time to implement, time the residents of Cook County do not have. It’s another do nothing headline,” he concluded.
Rivera Rebuts Dart