Carpentersville mayor vetoes gun sale

Is it wrong to sell the Surplus Guns to licensed Firearm Dealers, who in turn would sell the Guns to licensed Gun Buyers.

Statistics show most crimes committed with guns are from people who are not Licensed to carry a Gun?

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=82556&src=22

 Carpentersville mayor vetoes gun sale

It’s not worth the danger, Sarto says

By Larissa Chinwah | Daily Herald Staff

Published: 11/22/2007 12:18 AM

Carpentersville Mayor Bill Sarto said Wednesday he will veto a board decision allowing the sale of surplus police department firearms.

Trustees on Tuesday voted 4-3 in favor of selling 30 guns to federally licensed firearms dealers, instead of destroying the weapons.

The firearm sales are expected to generate about $3,000 in revenue, village officials said.

The cache includes dozens of handguns, a rifle and a pair of shotguns.

But Sarto, who voted against the sale with trustees Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski and Keith Hinz, said selling the guns contradicts the village’s mission.

Trustees Paul Humpfer, Judy Sigwalt, Ed Ritter and Kay Teeter voted in favor of the sales.

“This violates our mission statement to protect the public interest and welfare of the residents,” Sarto said. “It runs counter to the mission of law enforcement, and that would be to serve and protect the welfare of the community.”

In a letter e-mailed Wednesday to trustees, the village manager and the police chief, Sarto listed reasons for overriding the board’s vote, specifically public safety.

“The $3,000 that the village would gain is not worth the risk of these weapons being used to injure or kill someone,” Sarto said. “Our police and the public at large deserve better support than the board demonstrated (Tuesday) night.”

Sarto has not overridden a board decision since taking office in May 2005.

Board members who favored the firearm sales said the village must take advantage of all revenue sources.

“In the history of handling the issue this way there have never been any problems,” Sigwalt said. “We are trying to do everything we can to keep taxes down and every little bit helps. It would be $3,000 we didn’t have before.”

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