Gun taken from Oak Park and River Forest High School was self-made, unmarked ‘ghost gun’: police

A firearm taken from an 18-year-old student at Oak Park River Forest High School was a “self-made” and unmarked “ghost gun” loaded with 13 rounds, authorities said Wednesday.

Keyon Robinson was arrested around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday outside the school at 201 N. Scoville Ave. by agents responding to a tip, according to Oak Park spokesman Erik Jacobsen.

He was charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and his bail was set at $500,000 on Wednesday. Police did not give a reason for Robinson carrying the gun and declined to release any additional information about the case.

Parents were alerted to the arrest by school principal Lynda J. Parker, who assured them that “everyone is safe and school operations have not been disrupted.” She urged parents to “please emphasize to your children the importance of telling a school official if they think there is a gun at school”.

According to the arrest report, the weapon taken from Robinson was an “unmarked black and blue semi-automatic firearm made by us”, also known as a “ghost gun”. It contained a magazine holding 12 rounds of 9 mm, as well as a chambered 9 mm round.

Ghost guns are firearms that have not been given a commercial serial number and are not traceable.

Last month, state Democrats moved to ban ghost guns in Illinois and sent a bill requiring all firearms, including 3D-printed firearms, to have serial numbers. series. The bill was sent to Governor JB Pritzker, whose signature would make Illinois the first state in the Midwest to ban ghost weapons.

State lawmakers passed the bill days before President Joe Biden announced a new federal rule banning companies from making gun kits without serial numbers and licensed gun dealers to sell them without a background check.

Under the Illinois bill, people who own ghost gun kits would have to have them stamped with serial numbers within 180 days of the effective date of the law. The law provides a misdemeanor charge for anyone found with an unstamped firearm or gun kit for a first offense and a class 3 felony charge for a second offense.

The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police is among the law enforcement groups that have said they support the bill.

If the bill passes into law, Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, said his organization plans to fight any new regulations in court. He said the ban will not impact crime and will mainly hurt hobbyists who “just make them for themselves, there’s really nothing wrong with that”.

Commercial gun producers have been required to stamp their guns with serial numbers since 1968, and people who make their own guns are not allowed to sell them, he noted.

After Tuesday’s arrest, police noted that Robinson did not have a gun owner’s identification card. To obtain a card in Illinois, a person must be 21 years old or be sponsored by a parent or guardian eligible for a FOID card.

Robinson’s next court date is scheduled for May 24.

Martha K. Merrill