With gun violence in Chicago at a fever high, lawmakers in Illinois are proposing serializing bullets in the same manner as firearms.
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.
“You’re going to have to explain, Mr. Smith, why is the bullet you bought at Walmart now in this five year old’s head, on the West Side of Chicago. Explain that,” Harrington said.
Gun shop owners did not take kindly to the proposal, who feel that not only would the task be impossible, it detracts from handling the real issues at hand.
“Don’t go after these bullets and this bullet stamping thing that’s ridiculous, go after the gang bangers, the people who are let out on the streets from parole,” said Fred Lutger of Freddie Bear Sports.
While twenty other states are considering similar legislation, but Illinois would be the first to enact it.