According to Fox 32 Chicago, a group of legislators proposed on Tuesday that every bullet sold in Illinois be coded with a serial number, which would theoretically allow the ammunition to be traced back to the store where it was purchased.
“We just want to know how the guns and the bullets are getting into the hands of our youth and causing senseless harm and murder on our streets,” said Representative Sonya Harper.
Standing by to profit on the proposal is Matt Harrington, CEO of AMMO Coding Systems. He says that his technology would allow ammo manufacturers (presumably being both willing participants and based in the USA) to easily code the millions of bullets sold every year.
According to Harrington, rounds recovered by police in the shooting would be checked for serial numbers that would show where the rounds were purchased from. The police could then force the gun stores to turn over the names of the purchasers.
- Because I’m sure those would be really hard to manipulate or remove, right?
- How do you prevent them from just making their own?
- This would, effectively, be an ammo ban. The technology for this is very expensive, and most ammo companies would just stop selling there instead of complying. Why spend all that extra money on one state?
- Are you going to serialize the bullets of cops, too? How about the personal guns owned by all of these politicians, and the guns of their security?
- How about if, like most guns used in crimes… the bullets are stolen?
- Since we’re a nation that coddles our criminals instead of punishing them, what good is that going to do anyway?
- Chicago, as most of you know, has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, and yet one of the highest gun crime rates in the nation. How is more gun control going to stop that?
- And why did it take the death of a family member of some famous athlete to make anyone start caring?
- How about gang control? I’m not hearing anything about gang control here. Heightened punishments for gun crimes? Maybe some programs to help keep the youth out of gangs in the first place? Taking a real chance on working directly with the community? Too much work?