Questions are being raised about Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter’s relationship with the security company that he moonlights for following his arrest on Wednesday.
The Chicago Democrat, who is known as a gun control advocate, was arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport when TSA agents discovered an unloaded .25 caliber Beretta pistol and a clip loaded with live rounds tucked inside his carry-on bag.
According to AP, “Trotter, 62, was charged with a Class 4 felony, which carries a penalty of one to three years in prison upon conviction. “
Trotter told authorities that the night before he worked the late shift for All Points Security and forgot the weapon was in his bag.
While Trotter had a valid firearm owners identification card issued by the state of Illinois that was registered to his senate office in the state capitol in Springfield, it remains unclear if the pistol was registered in Chicago as required by the city’s handgun ordinance. AP adds that the license “allows him to carry a weapon during work hours and for no more than an hour commuting to or from work.”
ABC News 7 took a close look at the company’s list of armed guards:
“Although many of the state licensees on this list appear to have law enforcement backgrounds, Trotter is not known for that. His bio and campaign disclosures do not list his employment as a security guard, and he has declined to answer any questions about the matter.
“All Points has not responded to questions either and has offered no explanation, context or proof of Senator Trotter’s actual employment.
“Public records reveal the firm has had government contracts, including a $5 million deal to provide armed escorts for CTA cash collections.”
PJ Media wonders if this could be just an old-fashioned no-show job:
“Trotter has been in the Illinois Assembly for 24 years. But while the company he claims employs him as a security guard, All Points Security and Detective Company, lists him as an employee, he never disclosed this employment on any of his campaign finance records. He is not answering questions about the second job. Neither is All Points.
“But All Points has large government contracts. Trotter’s mysterious employment with the company, plus his failure to disclose said employment as the law requires on his campaign finance documents, raises the possibility that his security guard job is a payoff scheme.”
Another possibility could be that this part-time job, however it was constituted, was a way for the senator to obtain a concealed carry permit without a lot of bureaucratic hassle.
Senator Trotter has announced he will run for the Congressional seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr.
Watch a report from ABC 7 about Donne Trotter and All Points Security: