So it turns out that Ald. Dick Mell (33rd) is a gun enthusiast who reportedly owns a small arsenal of shotguns, rifles and pistols.
And it turns out that Mell “forgot” to re-register his weapons last year as required annually according to a city ordinance he once helped pass.
So what is Mell doing to correct his mistake? He’s rewriting the law to give himself amnesty.
“Mell said he first realized he was in violation of the re-registration requirement about a year ago,” the S-T reports. “When he tried to re-register his guns belatedly, the Chicago Police Department’s Gun Registration Section refused to bend the rules. Mell appealed that ruling to the city’s Department of Administrative Hearings but decided to re-write the law instead. ‘When we looked at the law, we saw the possibility of winning [the appeal] wasn’t gonna happen,’ he said.”
If only Mell was caught smoking pot and setting off fireworks.