Possible Jesse Jackson Jr. Replacement Charged with Felony for Handgun

Illinois veteran state senator Donne Trotter, 62, arrested for attempting to carry a handgun onto a plane out of Chicago.

It looks like Jesse Jackson, Jr., is getting solid treatment for bipolar disorder, but now the race is on for his seat.  There was a contender for his seat, but it’s not certain what will happen with him now that he’s been arrested.

Illinois veteran state senator Donne Trotter, recently announced that he would run for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s seat in the U.S. House, but it seems that his decision might be put on hold for a while because he attempted to board a flight out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport headed to Washington D.C., with an unloaded .25-caliber Beretta handgun and a magazine clip with six bullets in his carry-on bag, according to Yahoo! News.

Trotter’s gun and clip were discovered in an outside zippered pocket of his garment bag during the routine X-ray screening. The 62-year-old told TSA officers that he works as a security officer for a detective firm in Chicago and he did not realize it was in the bag.

But there has to be more to the story, right, because the little misunderstanding escalated into his arrest and Trotter being charged with a Class 4 felony.  This felony carries a penalty of one to three years in prison upon conviction.  There is also proof that Trotter was carrying a “firearm control card,” issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  It permits him to carry the weapon during work hours  “and for no more than an hour commuting to or from work.”

Wow! Seems like there’s a lot more to the story if they decided to go ahead and arrest the man.  We will be following this story.  Something doesn’t smell right on this one.

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-J.C. Brooks

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