Skip to comments.Arrest raises questions on Trotter’s job at security firm with city deal (IL)
Posted on 12/07/2012 4:58:24 AM PST by marktwain
The security company employing state Sen. Donne Trotter has been paid more than $350,000 as a subcontractor on a City of Chicago security deal and is represented by a politically powerful lobbying firm run by a onetime top aide to former Mayor Richard M. Daley.
When Trotter was arrested Wednesday at OHare Airport for allegedly having a weapon in his belongings, he told police he left the pistol in a bag after working at AllPoints Security.
Several people who work with Trotter in Springfield said privately they were not aware that he carried a weapon, nor that he held a position with a security firm something that is not listed on his economic disclosure forms.
Documents show Trotter, who makes nearly $90,000 a year as a state senator in leadership, is a relative newcomer to the security business.
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Just a perk that goes with a NO SHOW or SHOW, NO WORK job.
Aren’t the weapons used by security firms in IL subject to some form of regulation? Would a .25 be allowed?
I raised my eyebrows about a .25 as a weapon a security guard might plausibly carry.
BUG - back up gun, I’d guess.
The story is actually plausible, and ordinarily I would be for letting the guy off. He probably did forget.
But we all know what would happen to Joe Citizen...total persecution...no slack at all...maximum penalty...guns confiscated...
...Trotter ... is a relative newcomer to the security business.
Ladies and gentlemen, I believe we have a serious contender for the Understatement of the Week prize.
While not familiar with Illinois law on the matter, it is reasonable to conjecture that IL, like every other state in the US, in fact has regulations concerning the weapons utilized by private security firms operating in the state. I know of *no* state regulations in any state which would allow for a weapon of the caliber in question to be carried by a credentialed armed private security guard. Usual regulations in most states require a weapon in the 9mm Parabellum range, or above, although rounds such as the .357 Magnum, or .44 Magnum are usually prohibited.
If Trotter is insisting that his .25 acp weapon is his duty weapon as an armed security guard pursuant to Illinois state law regulating armed private security work, I'm reasonably certain he is lying his head off...
Back when *I* was a private security officer in Virginia in the late 1980's early 1990's, the regulations were quite specific. The *only* weapon allowed was the double action 4" barrel service *revolver*, in .38 Special caliber. *NO* back up gun in any caliber was authorized.
Granted, these days semiautos are most likely authorized, in 9mm Parabellum or .40 SW, I don't reasonably believe that any state has, or would, authorize a .25 acp semiauto as a duty weapon, and I know of *no* state which has ever authorized armed private security officers to carry a "back up weapon" of any description. Private security officers are NOT LEO, and do not, nor never have been granted the privilege of a "back up weapon"...
It happens, man, it happens... :-)
Was that a lecture?
I would guess that the Security Guard job is fake, and only a prop to ease his ability to carry a handgun in Chicago. My guess is that Trotter knows as much about the security guard business as he knows about balancing a budget.
A .25 ACP is just the sort of gun someone like that would carry. Someone who doesn’t know anything at all about being a security guard.
Probably saw it on someone’s ankle on TV.
And James Bond preferred a .25 ACP Beretta, of course...