COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS — A judge is under some heat after dropping his firearm on the floor while entering the lobby of the courthouse. It was all captured on camera, and a few things went wrong with today’s Irresponsible Gun Owner.
Judge Joseph Claps, who has presided over felony criminal cases at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, was reassigned last week to “nonjudicial duties” pending a meeting Wednesday of the Circuit Court’s executive committee, a spokesman for Chief Judge Timothy Evans’ office said.
Claps was walking in the lobby of the courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue on July 3 when two deputies noticed a handgun fall out of a jacket draped over the judge’s arm, according to a sheriff’s incident report.
Security cameras captured the gun tumbling out of Claps’ jacket as well as the judge picking up the silver pistol and putting it in his pants pocket, the report said.
He has since been hit with a “Class B misdemeanor offense of carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited area.” Why am I giving him an Irresponsible Gun Owner Award? There are a few reasons.