Champaign teen arrested for having loaded gun

URBANA — A Champaign teen found in an Urbana park with a loaded handgun was arrested Monday night for unlawful use of weapons.

Urbana police investigator Dave Smysor said a sergeant on patrol after 10 p.m. saw two people sitting in King Park, off North Lincoln Avenue, after the park was closed.

He approached the two and noticed tobacco flakes on the ground under the bench where they had been sitting. He asked if they had been smoking cannabis and they said they had.

Smysor said the sergeant asked the pair if he could search them and asked if he would find anything they didn't want him to find.

One of the men, Darius Robinson, 17, who listed an address in the 1600 block of Queensway Drive, Champaign, responded that he had a gun.

The officer then handcuffed Robinson and found in his waistband a loaded, nine-shot .22-caliber revolver, Smysor said.

He was taken to the county jail and was expected to be formally charged Tuesday.

The other person with Robinson was not arrested.

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787 wrote on August 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

And let's see... as the laws are, right now, it was a violation for him to have that handgun.

Did it stop him?  No.  Does it ever stop anyone who doesn't care about the law?  Yeah, right.

But according to our accidental governor, we need even more laws on the books in regards to guns.

 

Wil it really make a difference?  Only to law-abiding gun owners.

illini_trucker wrote on August 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm

A juvenile in a public park with a concealed loaded gun??? QUICK!! Someone tell Gov. Quinn and King Daley!! We need GUN CONTROL!! NOW!!!! oh wait.. We have gun control. I'm still waiting the 7-9 month state police backlog to get my FOID card renewed. This story seems 100% fictitious. Because according to my elected officials, GUN CONTROL WORKS!!! Wow.. The criminals then get concealed carry while they're free!! Yup! Gun control working great guys!! Keep up the good work! (sarcasm) keep making the honest man honestly honestly honestly honester!! We hear ya!

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

"King Daley" is no longer the mayor of Chicago.  It is now Rahm Emmanuel.  He is supporting tighter gun control along with Michael Bloomberg of New York City, and many other mayors across the country.  Who is an "honest man"?  Do they get a tatoo on the forehead stating that they are an "honest man"?  How do you identify them in a crowd?  I don't consider a 17 year old as a "juvenile".  The officer did a good job.  One less gun that can be used in a crime.  I wish Illinois would adopt the "stop and frisk" laws that New York City has now.  It would cut down on the gun crimes.  Of course; some "honest man" might get caught with a stolen gun, or no FOID card. 

Mark Taylor wrote on August 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Yep, so true. And there was a drunk driver the other day so of course we need to do away with DUI laws and enforcement. The same is true of murder, rape, assault, theft, etc.

Someone's gonna break the law so why have any laws in the first place, right? Any fool can understand that, right i-truck?

I'm soooo close to leaving this fasci-communitical state and heading for that libertarian paradise of Somolia.

Joe American wrote on August 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Seriously?  Mine took less than a month earlier this year.

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I wondered about the same thing.  Last year, mine took less than a month.  Maybe, there is a reason why he is still waiting for his?  Do they send people a denied notice on FOID applications, and renewals?

recshooter wrote on August 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Gun Control?  Oh yes, the theory that becoming a victim is somehow morally superior to defending yourself & your family.  Makes perfect sense.

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

No one is saying that a FOID card owner cannot have a gun to defend themself, and their family.  The article is about a 17 year old caught with a gun in a park.  It is about an illegal gun.  How can you defend that?  How can you make it out to be restricting gun ownership?

illini_trucker wrote on August 20, 2012 at 2:08 am

Easy!! Just pretend that my name is Quinn Emmanuel Daley and just give me a pen!! :D

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 20, 2012 at 8:08 am

Once again... Daley is not the mayor of Chicago.  Have you received your FOID card yet?  That leads to a good question.  What happens when someone has a FOID card, buys a gun; and later does not get their FOID card approved for renewal?  Is that why your commenting about a 17 year old caught in a public park with an illegal gun?  Is that why your so set against gun laws?

smokn69 wrote on August 20, 2012 at 11:08 am

Question were are they getting these guns from? If they are stolen were are they being stolen from?

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm

They sure are not being smuggled into the country.  Gun serial numbers, and models are not registered to the FOID card owner.  A FOID card holder can buy multiple guns without the guns being registered.  A FOID card holder may not decide to report guns stolen.  Illegal guns are not all stolen guns.  Many are illegally sold by FOID card holders.  If a FOID card holder is not approved for the renewal of the FOID card based on a new background check; they have a problem selling their guns to a legitimate gun dealer due to not having a current FOID card.  Do they keep the guns illegally; or do they sell them illegally?   

pangloss wrote on August 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Many guns are also simply purchased by 'staw purchasers' in other states (the FOID card is really only a restriction to be found in Illinois) who then turn around and sell the guns to criminals in this state and others after reporting them stolen (or not).  When it is incredibly easy to do this in the USA, having a restriction like the FOID requirement seems a bit pointless...if it is not done nationwide, it won't really keep any criminals from getting guns when anybody with an Indiana driver's license can walk into a store and buy a gun, come over the border, and sell it illegally.

Took me about a month to get a FOID, FYI (last summer).  I keep hearing rumors from some of the paranoid types about how it takes months and months to get a FOID (or to get one renewed), yet I've seen no evidence of it.

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Your right.  One of the best places to buy a gun quick is at a truck stop.  The vast majority of truckers are legal, law abiding citizens; but there are some that travel all over that have a nice little part time job dealing guns.  How do you think guns get into Mexico?  If you get caught with a gun in your trunk there, it is a long time getting out.  However, if you are hauling a trailer; there is not much inspection going in, only coming out.  It used to be that guns could be hauled in passenger luggage in the hole of a plane with no inspections.  Quite a few Rugers showed up in Illinois that way.  Now; it is safer to carry them in a truck, or car trunk.  Most states like Arizona, Texas, and southern states make it much easier to buy a gun, or guns, than Illinois.  There would be all political hell to pay if a set of national gun laws were proposed.  All of the paranoid types would be joining the Sovereign Nation nuts overnight.

smokn69 wrote on August 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I guess what im getting at is if the guns are there too protect your family and your home how are they getting stolen from the gun owners?

LocalTownie wrote on August 21, 2012 at 8:08 am

Now lets think this through, okay? My father-in-law had several guns stolen from his home a few years ago - while he wasn't home. Bingo. Guns don't shoot on their own, the owner of a gun has to physically be there to pull the trigger in defense of his home. Period. This is why I have large dogs and an alarm system on my home. The person who tries to steal my guns while I am not home will leave my home with a chunk out of their rear end and their face on a surveilance camera. Simple.

smokn69 wrote on August 21, 2012 at 9:08 am

Thank you LocalTownie for clearing that up for me i have two dogs too German shepard and a pitbull i dont think anybody will come in my house anytime soon and i have never had anything broking into. I  gov dont own any guns but my brother does and he keeps everything in a gun safe it would look kind of wierd if someone walked out of his house with a big safe.

Skepticity wrote on August 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm

17 year old male from Champaign caught with a gun in an Urbana park with a second person whom they did not take into custody.  Self reported drug use...  Hmmm.  Was the second person another male of about the same age?  Did they have a bike or bikes with them?

I hope the police investigate to see if these were the bicycle robbers...