Democrat Sen. Trotter.
Photo by Chicago Tribune.


(Guns Save Life) – Democrat Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter was carrying  a .25 Auto pistol in his carry-on bag as he tried to board a flight at O’Hare.

Was this a properly registered gun in Chicago?

Was Democrat Senator Trotter licensed by the City of Chicago to own a handgun (the Chicago Firearms Safety Training class)?

The Democrat Senator claimed he “forgot” the tiny little pop-gun was in his carry on.

While we have no doubt he forgot about his little friend, we would just about bet tomorrow’s donuts that he didn’t bother to comply with Chicago’s strict gun control regulations regarding this handgun.


CHICAGO ( — State Sen. Donne Trotter on Wednesday was busted for bringing a handgun and bullets through an O’Hare Airport security checkpoint on his way to catch a flight to Washington D.C., sources told

Trotter, who last week announced he would seek the Congressional seat vacated by former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., was charged with felony attempt to board an aircraft with a weapon, law enforcement sources said.

TSA agents discovered an unloaded .25 caliber pistol and a clip loaded with live rounds packed inside Trotter’s garment bag about 8 a.m.. Trotter told investigators that he worked the late shift for security for Allpoints Security and Detective Inc. the night before and didn’t realize the weapon and bullets were in his bag when he packed for his trip, sources said.

Trotter remains in custody pending a bond hearing and couldn’t be reached for comment. A spokesman at Trotter’s Chicago office declined comment.
Trotter had a valid firearm owners identification card that was registered to his senate office at the state capitol building, sources said.

It was unclear if the pistol was registered in Chicago as required by the city’s handgun ordinance.


CHICAGO (CBS) – An Illinois State Senator running to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress was arrested Wednesday morning after he allegedly tried to bring a gun onto a plane at O’Hare International Airport.

Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) was charged with a felony count of attempting to board an aircraft with a weapon, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. The charge carries a penalty of 1 to 3 years in jail.

…Trotter, 62, has been a state senator since 1993. Before that, he was a state representative from 1988 to 1993.

He represents the 17th District of the Illinois Senate, which covers portions the Far South Side and southern suburbs, including the Pullman, Hegewisch and Chatham neighborhoods, and as far south as Kankakee County.

5 thoughts on “Oops. My bad. IL Senator tries to take .25 Auto on plane”
  1. It’s just a misunderstanding. Move along, nothing to see here.

    I bet the charges get dropped.

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