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Chicago Gun “Buy Back” Success Story

We all know the old “buyback” scam. Cities or states etc will offer to give you cash for any gun you bring in no questions asked. If it gets just one gun off the street and saves just one live. blah blah blah. The guns are then supposed to be destroyed ( that will teach them!) and never be able to menace anyone ever again.


With that in mind, lets take a look at that model of strict gun control laws and low crime. Chicago of course.

Chicago, Illinois- According to an AGG report, William Stewart Boyd traded his father’s old .38 caliber Smith & Wesson snub nose for less than $100 in a gun buyback in 2004. It was supposed to be destroyed, but somehow the same handgun with serial number J515268 was found next to a dead body involved in a police shooting eight years later.

Boyd, a judge in Cook County, had taken the handgun to a South Side church in Chicago, Illinois where he handed it over to a pair of plainclothes officers with badges on their belts.

“I’m doing the right thing,” he said in an interview with Chicago’s Sun Times, “and, in the process, someone didn’t do what they were supposed to do. That calls into question the process. What’s happening after you turn these weapons in?”

Great question – somehow, this Smith & Wesson .38 ended up in the hands of 22-year-old felon and gang member Cesar Munive – a man previously convicted of sexual abuse of a minor, unlawful use of a weapon, and battery. 

During an interaction with the police in July 2012, Munive was shot and killed by Cicero (Illinois) Officer Donald Garrity. 

Judge Boyd, rightfully, wants to know how the gun got into the hands of Munive. 

There’s some grey area in that story.  Officer Garrity has a long history of disciplinary problems and is currently collecting a disability pension for PTSD.  Garrity was disciplined for using a “high powered rifle” during a traffic stop, threatening another officer, and was stopped once for going 90 mph in a 30-mph zone.  LET Unity – It’s being called the “Netflix” of the Emergency Responder and Veteran Community

He was previously with the Berwyn Police Department and was hired by Cicero in 2012.

Munive’s family has accused Garrity of planting the handgun at the scene of the crime to justify his use of force. The family attorney said there were “plenty of warnings readily available to any reasonable police department that it was not safe to put a gun in the hands of such an unstable individual.”

The city of Cicero is ready to pay Munive’s family $3.5 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit out of court.

“No one would hire him except Cicero,” the attorney wrote in a court document.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi calls the revolver’s role in the shooting “extremely abnormal and troublesome.” In a formal statement to the press, Guglielmi said:

“We are opening an internal affairs investigation today to trace this gun, verify that it was taken into police custody during a turn-in and investigate how it possibly ended up back on the street.”

Failed Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke and a few others have tried to champion a gun “buyback” scenario that would be federally sponsored. 

You can read the rest of this fine example of Chicago police keeping the little people safe from evil guns.

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1 thought on “Chicago Gun “Buy Back” Success Story”

  1. Any way you cut it, this just demonstrates the inherent corruption of the Chicago law enforcement system. The only way that pistol got out into circulation again would have been for someone to have diverted it in such a way that the criminal or the criminal cop got their hands on it. At this point, determining who and how that happened is probably not going to be possible, because I’ll guarantee you that there were no logs kept during the buy-back process that we’re going to be able to find or access.

    The original owner is just damned lucky that he kept the paperwork on that pistol going to the buy-back, because I’ll guarantee you that if he hadn’t, he’d be the fall guy for it all.

    When I lived out in the suburbs of “Chicagoland”, the amount of venal BS that went on around me and what was spoken of as routine down in the city was amazing to me. It permeated everything, to the point where I guy I knew who had his brother-in-law pave his 3/4-mile long driveway with County equipment, using County employees during a normal workday, and using County materials didn’t even think he was doing anything even remotely corrupt. That’s just how things get done, around there. I don’t doubt but that the people who were supposed to supervise that pistol’s destruction simply “looked the other way” while either someone snaffled it up for resale to the criminal element, or a cop grabbed it for throw-down duty.

    Although, I have to be honest with you: Occam’s Razor says it was probably the former, because it would take one hell of a dumb cop to pick up a throw-down from a documented buy-back. If that’s what happened, my bet is on the pistol having been lost out of that buy-back stream, and he got it some other way, and never checked the provenance–Because, that would highlight the fact that he had it. Which would make it pretty ironic that he’s now having to explain where it came from.

    Whole thing is nuts, and an example of why you can’t rely on the “system” for much of anything, aside from venality, corruption, and self-interest. Any system of law enforcement inevitably attracts exactly the wrong people into its fold, and they then select and train in their own image, after having successfully masking their own behavior until they were trusted agents.

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