Illinois State Representative Sonya Harper from Chicago presented a bill calling for the implementation of a statewide bullet tracking system to help curb gun violence. The bill, introduced this past August, would require ammunition manufacturers to laser stamp serial numbers on every round sold in Illinois.
“More than 2,600 people have been shot in the city of Chicago so far this year, many of them children in my community,” said Harper. “Being able to track fired bullets directly back to the seller will help law enforcement agencies target those who are distributing ammunition illegally.”
Harper’s district includes the neighborhoods of West Englewood, Bridgeport, Chicago Lawn, New City, Canaryville and Fuller Park, as well as some of the most crime-ridden communities, including Englewood and the Back of the Yards neighborhood.
Harper noted that they are having a hard time tracking the flow of illegal guns into the communities she represents. She believes the bill will reduce the number of shootings as well as assisting law enforcement with the ability to track where the bullets are sold and to whom.