PHOTO: Wallace Gator Bradley and his best friend Supt. Garry McCarthy
Pardoned former gang member Wallace “Gator” Bradley told aldermen today he wants the right to own a handgun, even though he once had felony convictions on his record.
Bradley, who in recent decades has set up shop as a self-professed “urban translator” for various groups seeking an edge at City Hall, said he wants to apply for a city firearm’s permit. He asked if the permit prohibition on people convicted of felonies applied to pardoned people, and was told aldermen would find out for him.
““I’m going to file for the application,” Bradley said. “I’m going to try to get one of those cards. . . . My pardon is just as good as (27th Ward Ald.) Walter Burnett’s pardon, (former U.S. National Security Council staffer) Oliver North’s pardon and everybody else that has been pardoned for a crime that they have done.”
“I’m trying to remain a law-abiding citizen, and I want all my rights as a law-abiding citizen,” Bradley added.
The unusual question arose as the City Council Public Safety Committee recommended small changes to city laws regulating shooting ranges in the city.
“They were tweaks, because of a court action,” said Ald. James Balcer, 11th, the committee chairman. “We’re trying to comply with what the courts have said.”
Shooting ranges once were outlawed in Chicago but federal court rulings forced the city to allow them. The city did that in July 2011, but only in industrial areas under very tight restrictions being challenged in federal court.