Man with permit to carry gun charged with impersonating cop

Ali Ozturk, 34, of West Suburban Schiller Park was charged with pretending to be a police officer so he could be allowed to bring his gun into a bar in Albany Park. Read the full story here. (Chicago Police Department / August 19, 2014)

A man with a concealed carry permit was charged with pretending to be a police officer so he could be allowed to bring his gun into a bar in Albany Park Monday night, according to police.

Ali Ozturk, 34, of West Suburban Schiller Park tried to enter the bar near Lawrence Avenue and Albany Avenue while carrying a handgun, but was stopped by a bouncer who attempted to pat him down, police said.

Ozturk told the bouncer he was carrying a 9mm Ruger handgun, according to police officials, and said that he should be able to enter the bar anyway.

Although Ozturk was licensed to carry the weapon, the bouncer turned him away because the bar does not allow guns, police officials said.

In response to being turned away, Ozturk told the bouncer that he worked for the "Officers Division of Adult Institutions," and flashed a metal badge. He told the bouncer he worked for the state, police officials said, and that he didn't want to leave his gun in his car.

Ozturk then went to a nearby pool hall on the 3100 block of West Lawrence Avenue. He was arrested there by police officers who were told by a witness that he was impersonating a law enforcement officer, police said.

While police were arresting Ozturk, he allegedly told them he bought the badge on eBay but that the gun he owned was legal.

He also told police he was "sorry, and that he didn't meant to hurt anybody," officials said.

According to state law, permit holders are barred from taking guns into most restaurants and bars that sell liquor.

Ozturk appeared in the Leighton Criminal Courts Building Tuesday after being charged with impersonating a police officer and ordered held in lieu of $150,000 bail, according to officials.

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