Gun rights activist Jordan S. Zoot is facing felony firearms charges after Evanston police raided his apartment at 617 Grove St. Wednesday.

A police spokesman says officers from the department’s Neighborhood Enforcement Team accompanied by officers from the Cook County Sheriff’s Gun Unit and agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives executed a search warrant for guns at the apartment and found three handguns and two rifles along with about 1,800 rounds of ammunition and other firearm-related items and equipment.

Police say Zoot, 53, had once had a firearms owner identification card, but that it had been revoked.

Zoot was taken into custody and charged aggravated possession of firearms and possession of ammunition without a valid FOID card.

Zoot received a $50,000 recognizance bond and was scheduled for a pretrial services psychological evaluation.

Zoot spoke against a proposed assault weapons ban before the Evanston City Council last year and has been a frequent blogger on Evanston Patch using the title “An Armed Society is a Polite Society.”

He’s scheduled to appear in Skokie district court at 9 a.m. on Aug. 8.

Update 10:40 a.m. 7/7/14: In an April post to the Illinois Carry forum spotted by an Evanston Now reader, a person, apparently Zoot, posting under the pseudonym “Elmer Fudd,” said his troubles with state firearms regulators started after he was hospitalized last September.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. More to the story?

    There must be more to this story. Three handguns, two rifles and 1,800 rounds is no crime on its own. Indeed, I know guys with dozens of handguns and long guns and a lot more ammo. His FOID card was revoked. Maybe he was a felon. Nevertheless, It seems a bit overkill for 3 different police departments to invade his home.

    1. More to the story

      Actually, three handguns, two rifles and 1800 rounds is a crime because he had a revoked FOID card, which in Illinios is required before you can have 3 pistols, 2 rifles and 1800 rounds.  I agree, that isn't a major arms cache, and what is not said is why the FOID card was revoked.  Typically the State Police will revoke a FOID card based on a protection order or if someone is found to be mentally unstable.


  2. If Jordan’s Guilty, Serves Him Right

    I lost count of the times I've read Jordan Zoot's obnoxious trolling promotion of conceal and carry in the reader comments of several online publications serving Evanston. I also belong to a Facebook group site for longtime Evanstonians at which Mr. Zoot inflamed an otherwise jovial group of people with his pro-gun fetishes. Before I blocked Jordan (FB does allow you to "kill" people like him) I checked out Zoot's FB page and photos…sure enough, he had more than a few of his weapons on display for public viewing. I'm guessing his smugness regarding his gun collection and gun love got a few more people checking out his pictures and profile. I'm glad the police were able to confiscate his arsenal before more notorious, Internet-savvy criminals beat them to it. I realize Mr. Zoot is innocent until proven guilty by a court of law, but I can't help experience partake in schadenfreude as a result of all the hubris this obnoxious gun-nut has wrought.

    1. Re Zoot’s Illinois Carry post


      1. Mr. Zoot: "Methinks thou doth protest too much." He sounds like one of those (suspicious) types who has an explanation for everything. 

      2. Despite Zoot's acute fear of someone shooting him, it appears he's at more risk from his own poor physical health. Time to sell the guns and use the money to buy a treadmill. 

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