Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church and other community activists plan to sue three Chicago suburbs to stop guns from getting into the wrong hands
The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court. It accuses Riverdale, Lyons and Lincolnwood of not having enough oversight when it comes to licensing and regulating gun shops.
The suit is based on information from a 2014 city report, which claims nearly 20 percent of guns recovered from crime scenes in Chicago are purchased from gun stores in those three villages.
The lawsuit also claims this is causing disproportionate hardship on African American communities, which is a violation of the Illinois Civil Rights Act.
"Families and our children have a right to safety. They have a right to live. They have a right to walk to school, to play outside, to sit on their porch and not be afraid of being shot or killed. Although the solution of violence is indeed comprehensive, part of the problem is the proliferation of guns," Pfleger said.
Chicago police confiscated illegal guns at a rate of one per hour over the July 4 holiday weekend.
The Coalition for Safe Chicago Communities is spearheading the suit. Leaders held a press conference at United Methodist Church on Tuesday. The parents of Blair Holt and Terrell Bosley, teens whose lives were cut short by gun violence several years ago, attended.