A top gun control politician might have some explaining to do after the FBI found 23 guns during a raid on his offices.
According to the Chicago Tribune, longtime alderman Edward Burke has resigned after being charged for extortion. The Democratic city leader could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Burke, 75, was famously behind a 1982 law to ban handgun ownership in the Windy City, according to the Tribune. Seven years later, he opposed a proposal to lift the ban, saying it would go against the city’s intent for its citizens to have “no more handguns.”
''The intent of the ordinance was to stop the sale of handguns,'' he said in 1989. ''I personally believe it would be a mistake to lift the ban at this time.''
Since then, Burke has proposed multiple gun-control measures, including banning concealed-carry at bars and smartphone cases shaped like guns, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He has also publicly spoken out against the National Rifle Association.
But it’s now been revealed that when the FBI raided the former police officer’s City Hall and ward offices back in November, law enforcement officers found 23 firearms. He was ordered to give up up those and any others he might own.
The revelation drew much criticism from opponents and proponents of gun control.
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