Democrat lawmakers in Chicago and Massachusetts are asking for Global Positioning System (GPS) chips to be placed on all guns so they can be easily tracked for “security.”
“Just like if your car gets stolen, OnStar can tell you where your car is,” Ald. Willie Cochran told local newsradio station WBBM. “If your gun gets stolen, and you report it, we should be able to find that gun.”
Under Ald. Cochran’s proposal, new guns would be embedded with the chips. Existing firearms would be retro-fitted to carry the satellite-tracing devices.
Arguing that “safety is … a much more important issue than is privacy,” Ald. Cochran introduced a resolution on Thursday, asking Chicago’s Committee on Public Safety to hold public hearings on his proposal.
“It is extremely important that we look past this privacy issue, at this point, and understand how important it is for us to address the issue of safety,” he added.
A similar bill was introduced in Massachusetts last year by state senator Anthony W. Petruccelli. That legislation, which would “create a GPS Locators in Firearms Study Commission,” was discharged to the committee on Senate Ethics and Rules on September 24 of 2012.
Ald. Cochran’s proposal came on the same day that Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, issued his own set of proposals addressing gun control. The Chicago Tribune reports his proposals include increased penalties for several gun offenses, including the failure to report the loss or sale of a firearm and possession of an assault weapon.
Mayor Emanuel did not comment on Ald. Cochran’s proposal.
Chicago saw 506 gun homicides in 2012, a 16-percent increase over the previous year.