Stolen, loaded machine gun found in high school student’s locker, Chicago police say

Marquis Terry (Cook County sheriff’s office, Google)

CHICAGO — What started as a student being sent home for smoking pot on a field trip turned into something much more serious at Association House of Chicago High School in Humboldt Park, officials say: the recovery of a stolen, loaded machine gun from the student’s locker.

Marquis Terry, 19, was sent home in an Uber for “disruptive behavior” during the field trip last Wednesday, March 20, a Chicago Police Department arrest report said. In a detention petition, prosecutors said he got caught smoking pot.

That afternoon, the school’s principal searched Terry’s locker to see if he had any more pot stored there, the petition said.

Court records don’t say if the principal found any more pot. But inside a backpack in the locker, prosecutors alleged, the principal found a loaded .45-caliber Glock handgun equipped with an extended ammunition magazine and a switch, rendering it capable of generating automatic gunfire. CPD’s report said the weapon had been reported stolen from Henderson, Kentucky. 

The switch and extended magazine “substantially” increase the weapon’s “danger and destructive capacity,” prosecutors said in the petition. Chicago police went to the school, 1116 North Kedzie, after receiving a call from the principal. They secured the weapon and arrested Terry at his home.

This video shows a Glock pistol equipped with an aftermarket switch:

Prosecutors said Terry is on juvenile probation for aggravated vehicular hijacking, the legal term for carjacking. He is also on parole for felony resisting in Indiana. The detention petition stated that Indiana authorities dropped additional “violent felony charges” in a plea deal.

Terry is charged with unlawful use of a machine gun in a school and possessing a stolen firearm.

Judge William Fahy granted the detention petition, in part because Terry was “already on parole and probation and still allegedly brought this stolen machine gun into school.”

Association House’s principal did not reply to an email seeking information for this report.

Last Tuesday, the day before Terry was arrested, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson’s administration announced that it is suing Glock, knowing its weapons can be turned into machine guns with an inexpensive device, has failed to change its product designs. The switches are illegal under federal and state law.

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