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Evanston police said that a so-called “ghost gun” was found on an 18-year-old man during a traffic stop near Harrison Street and Crawford Avenue recently.
A “ghost gun” is an unregulated and untraceable weapon that can be bought in pieces online and assembled at home.
Police said the gun was found when an Evanston police traffic sergeant was on patrol in the area of Harrison Street and Crawford Avenue on April 25 about 1:50 p.m.
The sergeant saw a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt with no front license plate heading south on Crawford going 53 mph in a 35-mph zone and stopped the driver at Crawford and Church Street, officials said.
Police said that as the sergeant approached the car, the driver was closing the glovebox and was slow to respond. When the man did speak to the officer, police said, he admitted that he did not have a driver’s license and said something that led the officer to believe he may have put a gun in the glovebox.
Searching the glovebox, the officer found an unassembled semi-automatic 9mm handgun, complete with the frame, slide and a loaded extended magazine, authorities said.
Further investigation revealed the gun did not have a serial number and the driver did not have a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card or a concealed carry license, police said.
The car was towed from the scene.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and approved a felony charge for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. The man also was charged with two misdemeanors and was issued several traffic citations.
The RoundTable is not naming the man because he has not been convicted of a crime.
The man was given a $15,000 bond, authorities said. His next court date is 9 a.m. May 11 at the Skokie Courthouse.