CHICAGO — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, wants Norfolk Southern to tighten security around its major rail yard on Chicago’s south side after three major gun thefts have led to more weapons circulating in violence-plagued communities, the Associated Press reports.
The most recent incident took place last September when thieves made off with more than 30 guns. In 2015, alleged gang members broke into a boxcar and carried away more than 110 new guns headed to Washington State from New Hampshire weapon maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. Investigators said it was sheer luck that thieves selected a boxcar carrying guns.
In a recent letter to NS, the senator asked the railroad to send him information on their plans to beef up security while urging the company to do more about the situation.
NS representative Susan Terpay says the railroad does not have a comment in responses to the senator’s letter, however in the past, the railroad has said it is doing everything within its power to prevent gun thefts, including extra police patrols and more K-9 units.
The AP reports that only 16 of the 111 guns stolen have ever been recovered and that most were found in the possession of street-gang members or drug dealers.