A loaded handgun and ammunition were stolen from a 2012 Toyota in the 1200 block of Maple Avenue. This and other stories in the weekend crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Loaded pistol stolen from car

    Was the negligent owner charged?  Leaving a loaded handgun in an unlocked car sure points to negligence.

  2. Dumb move, but not illegal

    Illinois law does allow you to keep a handgun + ammunition in your car (even in Evanston), but the ammo and/or magazines must be kept in a separate, lockable container like a center console or glovebox. They call this "six seconds to safety", but it takes some practice to get your times down around 6 seconds.

    Unlocked car? Dumb move, but not illegal.

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