Over 100 Ruger Pistols Stolen From Chicago Train Yard

It appears that over 100 Ruger pistols were stolen from a Chicago train yard by gangs in a one-time heist. Apparently, this is becoming a large problem in a city that prides itself on its strict gun control measures with over 150 firearms reported stolen from Chicago train yards since 2013. City leadership seems rather clueless about the root cause of the problem, one alderwomen was quoted as saying “How in the world are these kids getting these guns? I see them on Facebook. Everybody got guns. They can’t go purchase a gun, so where are they getting them from?”

It appears that train cars containing firearms are being specifically targeted somehow and is being looked into by the Chicago Police Department. The only way a firearm can be shipped by rail is through the United States Postal Service, most likely by Federal Firearms License holders due to shipping regulations.

You can read more about the theft over at the Fox News website where they covered it in much greater detail (with a political slant as you might imagine.) Even though the story smacks of political overtones, it is interesting to see what happens when a larger problem goes unnoticed while blaming the tool for actions.





Patrick R

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  • datimes

    If Mayor Rahm Manuel sticks with his ideological paradigm he will move to ban trains.

  • john huscio

    Thought there were or are plans to build an intermodal terminal further south in Illinois away from chicago……that could partially solve this…..

    So Ruger got hit twice? Seems like they lost a big batch that was headed for Spokane last year….

  • UWOTM8

    100 guns stolen in Chicago: make the joke yourself

  • Rick O’Shay

    Inside job. This isn’t the first time they’ve done this, it won’t be the last.

    • Jeffrey Spinner

      Bravo! You are correct. It’s even worse than that. The NSA/CIA/FBI/etc. get the intel from their surveillance of domestic corporations and share it with the criminals for money and profit.

      How tf do you think they know which cars on what trains have guns? Magic? Nope, government intel baby…and it’s NOT hundreds of guns, they are taking shipments from gun manufacturers on the rails. LOTS of guns. This story given the small amount cited as stolen is obfuscation.

      You need to call in a whack? No problem, there’s gangs all over the nation that have calling cards because of the CIA money (last info I had was gang leaders get 125k/year from the CIA as informants) they get being on their payroll and the intel they have shared.

      The CIA literally runs the gangs in the US. My government are the criminals, but we all as taxpayers PAY for it. Using gang hitters gives the government deniability.

      • Wow!

        While I agree, you have to realize it isn’t like the director of an agency gives out a notice to everyone that we are going to do x and y super squirrel secret conspiracies. All it takes is one bad employee acting on his own without the rest of the department or agencies knowledge to cause trouble. Also there is more going in the CIA than funding factions. You have to realize that the CIA works closely with the military and law enforcement in a clandestine manner. They have their own logistical problems they have to solve in order to maintain their secrecy and us looking in from the outside don’t get the full picture if we take things like scandals at face value.

      • Baggy270

        What a bunch of BS

      • john huscio

        Gonna need sources/facts to back those claims up

  • BravoSeven

    I’m a dispatcher for three local law enforcement agencies. One of my duties is entering stolen firearms onto NCIC. It’s mind boggling how many people leave firearms unsecured. Unlocked, unattended vehicles are the number one source for free firearms in my community. As a gun owner it is very frustrating that people continue to do this. People….SECURE YOUR WEAPONS!

    • neckbone

      Typical gun grabber talk. Blame the law abiding citizen. NOT the damn criminal thief.

      • iksnilol

        Meh, as a gun owner you’ve got responsibility. Just like you make sure your dog is safe (and of course doesn’t bite anyone) you should make sure that your guns aren’t easily accesible to unwanted persons.

        • neckbone

          Yea your duty is to lock your vehicle. You sound like a European, are you?

          • yodamiles

            Oooooohhh, someone is angryyyyy!!!

            Seriously, what the hell are you on about?

          • iksnilol

            You don’t lock your car?

          • Thomas Lawrence

            My car lock is the safety on a pistol, which stays on my hip, open carry. Pity the fool that opens my car. If the dogs don’t git ’em, I will!

          • Jim_Macklin

            If there is nothing of value in the car, locking it just gets you a broken window that is below the deductible on your insurance.
            I’d rather they opened the door and only found a map and maybe an ice scraper.

          • uncle fester

            It is our duty (moral if not legal) as reasonable steps to prevent our firearms from falling into the hands of criminals.

            Thus, we don’t leave our rifles unattended propped up against the mailbox AND we don’t leave unattended firearms in our unlocked vehicles.

          • Thomas Lawrence

            Likely just an inner city drone.

          • James Young

            He’s Norwegian

          • Joshua

            I cannot convince my wife to lock the damn car, doesn’t matter where we are or whats in it, she wont do it

        • neckbone

          And my dog won’t bite you unless you are in my yard or house. So stay out.

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, but if you got an aggressive dog you keep it on a leash, you don’t let it run around unfettered (if on a walk for instance) or do you?

          • Kelvin

            Look guys, here’s how I see it.

            Cars have windows. Windows are clear. The stuff inside the car is visible.

            If there is valuable stuff in the car, then thieves will see it. Thieves have eyes, the windows are clear.

            If it is valuable enough, the thieves will break the windows and take it. If it’s a cell-phone, if it’s a gold coin, if it’s a nice gun.

            Sooooooo….

            If you need to keep that valuable thing in the car, either take it inside with you when you’re done driving, or get a metal box with a lock and chain the box to the inside of your trunk.

            You’re probably not going to use an AK for car defense, so in most cases it can go in the box. Smaller guns can just go inside with you, or can go in a lockable glove box.

            It’s the thieves we should be thwarting here, not each other. And I think everyone can agree that stealing guns is bad. People who like guns think it’s bad because “hey, that’s my gun!”. People who don’t like guns think it’s bad because it’s stealing and now there are random guns floating around the gritty bit of society.

            This is not a time for us to renew old arguments, it is a time to frustrate some thieves!

          • crackedlenses

            ^This

        • UCSPanther

          In this case, it’s the railroads who are at fault here. They know Chicago has a reputation for being a rough town, and it is their responsibility to protect their cargo and equipment on the line. This particular rail yard, where the guns were pilfered, was known for its lax security.

          Nothing encourages thieves more than finding out that they can creep into the yard with a pair of bolt-cutters, raid a couple of box cars and get away scott-free.

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, i wasn’t talking about the railroad. I was talking about folks who leave a gun stashed in their car, then somebody smashes the window and gets away with an AR.

          • Stuki Moi

            If they have to smash a window, there is no way to blame the car owner. May as well call someone “irresponsible” because someone obtained a gun by burglarizing his house.

            Leaving a car unlocked with an AR in it, is less clear cut. It’s still not “your fault” that you’re burglarized, but at the same time you probably have “some” responsibility to make stealing your stuff less than maximally convenient for opportunistic thieves.

            I’d venture to guess by far most people, would find leaving the AR on top of your beach towel when going for a swim at a crowded beach, is going a bit too far. As is leaving your Abrams unattended with the engine running and hatch open, somewhere downtown Manhattan.

          • DT

            It a common sense suggestion. Cars are not mobile safes, but people leave valuable stuff in them all the time. That’s dumb. Leaving an unsecured gun in your car is the same thing. dumb.

            Same thing came up in comments on another article recently.. Washington DC folks leaving laptops with top secret info on them in their cars.

            Both are irresponsible and dumb.

          • Phillip Cooper

            Bet you money someone in “security” is on the take.

          • James Young

            Someone tipped them off

      • BravoSeven

        I have no intentions of “grabbing your guns” but theives do. Keep them safe, that’s all I’m saying.

        • neckbone

          Look if my guns are in my property don’t blame me for a criminal act. Get over yourself.

          • BravoSeven

            It’s obvious you don’t get it. Have a pleasant day.

          • Kelvin

            Don’t let him get to ya Seven; he seems like he’s had a few too many talks with the crazies recently. Talking with the crazies can make you go crazy if you don’t regulate, you end getting crazy on the brain.

            Neckbone, dude. Ya gotta read Bravo’s post, dude. It’s like if there were a bunch of car thieves and a guy suggests locking your cars. Won’t make the thieves disappear, but at the very least they’ll try stealing someone else’s car and not yours. It’s common sense is what he’s suggesting.

            I mean the law abiding citizen gets a gun to protect himself and his/her family right Bone?

            Wouldn’t the gun be better protection if it still in his/her possession and not, well, stolen?

            If the law-abiding citizen loses his gun to political nonsense: that sucks. If the law abiding citizen loses his gun because he left it in an unlocked glove box with a “take me” post-it note: he’s/she’s dumb.

            Law-abiding, but dumb.

            Don’t be dumb. Protect your stuff, including your guns. Locks are friends.

          • Wow!

            The thing that you are forgetting is that no lock is going to stop any prepared criminal from getting into it. When criminals know there are firearms, that is top priority for them because they are rare and consequentially have very high value.

          • Hanzo

            Who said anything about blaming you for a criminal act? He said secure your firearms, he didn’t blame you for some perp choosing a life of crime. Comprehend much? Dude, get over yourself.

          • nadnerbus

            I know, right? It’s like, I shouldn’t have to tell my sister to ever be careful when she’s out drinking. That’s victim blaming! We should teach men not to rape!

            Teach criminals not to steal!

          • Hanzo

            Equivocate much?

          • Hanzo

            You can lead a man to knowledge but you can’t make him think. Try thinking sometime.

        • Jim_Macklin

          I carry my gun, I don’t leave it even in a locked car.
          As for train shipments by the Post Office by FFLs, that would be very rare. Factories ship by UPS, Gun stores ship an occasional gun back to a factory or gunsmith by USPS, but FedEx is more common.
          Some few people know when a shipment is made and which box car the pallets are located. Somebody has access to a fork lift and a truck.

          If ATF and the FBI can’t solve the riddle, the Railroad cops can.

          • Tom Currie

            The railroad cops COULD solve it — if they wanted to — but just who do you think it is that knows where all the “good stuff” is anyway.

          • Rick O’Shay

            Besides, all that stuff is covered by insurance. Until you make the railroads liable, they really don’t have a lot of incentive to put stronger efforts into stopping this kind of nonsense.

          • Old Vet

            Their insurance deductibles make this an unlikely scenario. I checked with a RR friend several years ago and their deductible was over $500K per incident. Not likely that 100 firearms is going to rise to that limit.

          • Wow!

            Its not that simple to stop crime as just willing it to be done. It isn’t like a whole department is in on a conspiracy, just one bad guy who has the right information and the wrong intentions.

          • Tom Currie

            “It isn’t like a whole department is in on a conspiracy, just one bad
            guy who has the right information and the wrong intentions.”
            Not exactly…. Even in a major rail hub like Chicago, the RR police aren’t some huge department where one of two bad guys could reasonably go unnoticed for a long time – this is a relatively small department where everyone knows everyone. Everyone might not know ALL of everyone else’s business, BUT anyone who had too much to hide (like a lot of extra income) would stick out. The big brass might not KNOW who’s responsible but either they have a pretty good idea or they are very carefully keeping their eyes and ears shut.

          • Wow!

            You are assuming a lot without proof. Bad guys do not advertise their intentions. Only in the cop dramas are the head guys pulling the strings behind every thing the other guys do. In real life, administrative duty is often too good paying and with high scrutiny that it really isn’t worth it to try and do crime on the side. The reality is that anyone can just take information they observe and run with it without the employer getting a single hint. For example, take a look at all the fast food robberies the past couple of decades. These robbers knew when the store was going to close, when the money was moved and where. Cops later found out who the offending employee was that served as the mole, but the employers had no idea. Employers cannot read minds.

        • Hanzo

          He’s obviously a badass who likes to use straw man arguments, even though I’d wager he doesn’t know the meaning of the term.

        • Leigh Rich

          Didn’t make cops so you became a dispatcher?

          • Wow!

            Hey, dispatchers are important. They may not do physical work, but they have a mentally stressful job too. Not everyone has to wear a gun to be a hero, and dispatchers and intelligence are the unsung heroes in LE.

      • Twilight sparkle

        Why are you bringing politics into this? It’s sensible that if you have a gun in your car then the least you should do is lock your freaking car… besides do you not know the one rule on tfb? It’s being broken wayy too much lately.

      • Malthrak

        It’s common sense. Don’t leave a weapon where it would be easy for someone else to obtain it against your wishes. Same for any high value piece of property like a laptop or jewelry or the like.

        Doesn’t mean its right for it to get stolen, but if I’ve done 90% of the work for the thief by making the item available and accessible and without immediate impediment save for maybe a window, I shouldn’t be surprised if it actually does get stolen.

        In theory should I be able to leave a firearm in my vehicle inattended and be fine? Sure. In the real world where reality reigns, that doesn’t work. Secure the weapon like any valuable piece of property.

      • Phillip Cooper

        No., it’s about being responsible. Lock your junk. Secure your valuables, especially if they are weapons.

      • 22winmag

        I’ve never owned a gun safe and probably never will. I don’t feel the urge to lock up my guns anymore than I do the chemicals under the sink or the jewelry in the bedroom. Come to think of it my car and my knives are just as deadly as any of my guns.

      • n0truscotsman

        Bravo is absolutely correct.

        If you get your firearm stolen out of your vehicle, there is no argument that *you* are the victim of the crime.

        However, lets be real here. There are many measures one can take to reduce their odds significantly of being a victim of a crime, particularly, firearms theft.

        So, pull your head out and do your part.

      • You are being blind to reality neckbone. It is every responsible, legal gun owner’s moral responsibility to keep all of their firearms in a decent safe. If you can’t agree with that basic premise, YOU are the problem, not the thieves and bunglers

      • ErSwnn

        The reality is…there are criminals out there who will steal your gun if you leave it where it can be stolen. Would you leave your wallet in your car?

        From a thief I once knew, “If you have something you want, keep it away from me.”

        Securing our guns is not tentamount to gun grabbing. You are a tad wound too tight. Relax, securing your guns has nothing to do with gun control laws. But, everytime one of us has a gun stolen due to poor thinking it gives ammo to those grabbers.

        Life comes with certainties. Thieves are among them. Why do you carry a gun? To combat the evil we know exists among us. Surly that fact should be enough to motivate you to keep your guns secure.

    • Major Tom

      The main problem with your message is one of tone and communication. Your tone implies that securing your firearms is a mandatory measure in a hyperbolic gesture not entirely unlike the gun grabbers’ belief that a gun will magically kill people of its own volition.

      While securing your firearms is a good practice, it is best done voluntarily rather than by requirement. Locking things in a safe does not make anything be they firearms or cash or family photos immune to theft. (I’ve heard some things that safes make things more prone to theft since they become obvious things to search for in a burglary. No safe is immune to being cracked or the safe itself being stolen after all.) Not all jurisdictions require or encourage such things, nor should they.

    • n0truscotsman

      Youre absolutely correct.

    • McCoy Thirtynine O Seven

      I don’t leave my weapons unsecured in a vehicle, but Illinois and Chicago have so many restrictions as to where you can take, it doesn’t leave much choice but to leave it in the car. One wouldn’t have to leave it in there, if we could carry it everywhere in the first place.

    • LetsTryLibertyAgain

      As a taxpaying serf, I find it amazing how many guns are stolen from LAW ENFORCEMENT vehicles. I could post links but they’ve been on TFB before. For one of the most memorable, search for Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez killing Kate Steinle.

      How about EVERYONE keep their guns secure.

      The only time I lock a gun in the small lockbox in my truck is when I go into a courthouse or sheriff’s office or police department, where the government is well armed and I’m required by unconstitutional law to be disarmed.

    • Leigh Rich

      WTF does this have to do with thugs stealing guns from a Rail Road Container BravoSeven? Dumbass

    • Wow!

      Criminals are going to get guns one way or another. As a dispatcher I am sure you are aware of how many officers lose their guns or die by it when facing various criminals. Sure the magnitude is lower, but that is because there are less officers per population than citizen gun owners.

      Controlling firearms is not the solution to fighting crime. Fighting crime is the solution to crime. Firearms are a means of fighting crime. Controlling firearms prevent’s crime from being stopped.

      No safe will stop a criminal. Period. We have seen enough ingenuity by various thieves who can break through any safe given enough time (which they usually do since most of the day people are not at home). You cannot “secure” weapons any more to keep criminals from getting it. If you do, you also hinder your ability to access it when needed.

  • UCSPanther

    The railroads had better step up security, and make sure their rail bulls step up their game. Nothing invites thieves more than lax security.

  • Moonman45

    willful ignorance on part of the police, paired with indifference from railroad security and a horde of ooga boogas, itching for some of those ‘sweet pieces’

    recipe for chiraq

    • It’s not so much Chicago PD. Every large rail yard has a railroad police presence and they are employed by the railroad.

      • Jaedo Drax

        A couple officers covering multiple locations, plus dealing with crossing issues, and trespassing calls over hundreds of miles of rails.

        Added onto the continuous demands from municipalities for up to date manifests for whats on the trains going through their communities.

        Plus corrupt employees.

        100 guns does seem to be a small haul from an intermodal container though.

      • Moonman45

        so you are saying that these hits on trainyards for weapons IN GANGLAND CENTRAL, have nothing to do with the failure of the police to curb gang activity.

        Hot take there bud, write an article on it

  • 22winmag

    100 guns stolen in Chicago?

    That’s the equivalent of a fart in a hurricane.

    • nonobaddog

      Yes! Best comment of all.

  • Bigbigpoopi

    This has been happening for DECADES. We’re a corrupt sh*thole.

  • Thomas Lawrence

    To those incredulous folks who keep asking “you don’t lock your car?” I enjoy living in an area where it is unneeded. I also shoot guns off my back porch, and would not move back to a city cesspool for an added 100k a year. To those poor folks who live in inner cities, consider a move, try it, you’ll like it!

  • Out of the Fray

    The feds still haven’t found the grenades that were stolen in the mid 70’s from one of the RR yards in Chicago. The yards have always been a flea market for the thugs. There wasn’t a night that RR police were calling for help chasing thieves. I would constantly here All calls (BOLO) for thieves in the train yards. Hit a boxcar and take your chances, TVs, drugs, computers, firearms, military ordinance etc., etc. This has been going on forever.

  • LazyReader

    ONly the train runners know the container has guns in it. I smell corruption…well a different fragrance of corruption

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  • El Duderino

    Just think, if that was a shipment of Kel-Tecs, it would have been six months production.

  • Uniform223

    Hippie liberal thought process…
    “But gun laws keep us safe and in sure that guns do not fall into the hands of criminals…”

  • DetroitMan

    Golly, you mean criminals are smart enough to evade laws that say “No guns!” Who would’ve thunk it?

  • MAS

    When the new laws seem to be never ending but the morality of the country is on a rocket sled to hell we have humans doing what humans always have. Ignoring the laws and finding a way to get what they want/need anyway. CPD, like pretty much any other law enforcement agency is, fighting crime with insufficient backup and resources as are the RR bulls. Your average LEO is often among with the worst criminals in history and then they must leave the City Hall and hit the streets. Vote out the leftists and you will see improvements…

  • Mort53

    So many of the responses to this article are talking about guns being stolen from cars (automobiles). The issue of this happening in the TRAIN YARDS is that some how the criminal gangs are getting a heads up on the railroad schedule and boxcars that new guns are being transported in. Then when the tagged boxcar rolls into the switch yards of Chicago they are broken into while waiting to be attached to a train headed for their intended destination. A partial preventative would be to have firearms manufacturers send their product via non-stop trucking. Plus the manufacturers need to tighten up their security to a minimum number of people knowing when and where the shipments are going and on what transportation option.

  • LetsTryLibertyAgain

    Isn’t it illegal to steal guns in Chicago? I thought they had tough common sense gun laws so Chicago’s residents can feel safe. I think it’s common sense to have a law prohibiting people from stealing guns. They should pass another gun law so people in Chicago can feel safe from armed train robbers. Train robbers! Is Chicago the Wild West? Chi Town is cra-cra.

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  • Len Jones

    This is got to be a lie because the libs said they were getting guns in Indiana. WTF

  • ErSwnn

    Why no date on the theft? And a more precise location than ” Chicago rail yards”.

    Also of interest would be a bit of information of the guns missing since 2013. Surely by now some of those would have popped up at a crime scene.

  • Mark Lee

    This is a matter for a postal inspector to investigate and resolve – the information specifying who had access to the specific shipping information will be the first step, followed by the following the trail of transit and possession. It is well past due when arms shipments should be required to be transported via specialized armored vehicles with run-flat tires and accompanied by armed guards. This is entirely practical since we now have an excess of MRAP-type vehicles left over from the Iraq war. These include troop carriers and cargo haulers that are equipped with independent breathing apparatus to counter tear gas, other airborne irritants and poisons, and armored to resist and survive RPG and landmine assaults. The time has come because laws are never enough of a deterrent.

  • Robert Szucs

    Where you see “political overtones” or “political slant” in this report libsi?

  • James Wegman

    I hope they aren’t counting on the Postal Inspection Service for help. They couldn’t find their ass with either hand!