CHICAGO - State Senator Donne Trotter was released from a Chicago Police holding cell Thursday after he posted a $25,000 bond. Accused of attempting to board a plane with a concealed handgun Wednesday, Trotter will face a preliminary hearing next Wednesday. If found guilty, the longtime state lawmaker could face three years in prison.
Trotter told law enforcement officials he had worked as a security guard the night before and forgot the .25 caliber handgun and bullets were in his carry on luggage. If the senator does indeed work as a security guard with Allpoints Security as he said, that raises more questions about the situation.
Legally, his gun was not registered with the city of Chicago. Ethically, the security company is not listed on his economic interest form filed earlier this year with the Secretary of State.
And for security professionals, more questions are raised. Sean M Morrison, CEO of Morrison Securities, shared these questions and warnings to Allpoints Security with Illinois Review readers Thursday afternoon:
Mr. Trotter's reasoning for his possession of a firearm is laughable at best.
First off, no one in the security or law enforcement field would use a .25 caliber weapon for duty. Although I am not familiar with the company he names as his employer, my regard for that company's abilities would be greatly diminished if that was the level and operating protocol they would allow facilitating their contracts. I suspect Mr. Trotter has just multiplied his problems by this response.
In order to work security in Illinois several state-regulated and “documented” procedures must occur. Mr. Trotter will now have to answer the following questions and provide proof:
1. Does he hold a FOID card? (It appears he does.)
2. Did he receive 20 hours of unarmed security officer training from a licensed agency, and if so, where is his training certificate? One shall exist with the state.
3. Did he apply for and receive a permanent employee registration card (PERC card)? One shall exist with the state.
4. Did he receive his 20 hours armed security officer training certificate from a licensed armed training instructor, if so where is his training certificate? One shall exist with the state.
5. Did Allpoints Security as required by state law, apply for a Firearm authorization card (FAC card) from the IDPFR in their security agency name and issue it to Mr. Trotter? One shall exist with the state.
6. Did Mr. Trotter receive a photo ID from the Allpoints Security agency, issued to Mr. Trotter? One should exist.
7. When he had his firearm with him in a working capacity, by state law ALL of the above must be in his possession, were they?
8. If the agency in question had him working, than when and where? If Mr. Trotter was getting on an airplane, is the agency also licensed to operate in another state?
9. Is Mr. Trotter a paid employee? If so there would be payroll records and of course taxes paid to indicate this.
My closing thought would be some advice to the Allpoint Security agency: You will have to provide all of this documented information on Mr. Trotter's behalf. If you falsify this, fined to Mr. Trotter or not, you will be breaking the law in Illinois and lose your agency license. Better think this one through!
Sean Morrison CEO Morrison Security