Chicago official wants GPS tracking of guns

A Chicago alderman is asking City Council to hold hearings on a controversial gun control proposal that would require GPS tracking of all firearms, CBS Chicago reports.

Ald. Willie Cochran, of the 20th District, wants GPS chips implanted in all new guns, as well as retrofitted on existing firearms, so police can locate them if they go missing. Cochran is also a former police officer.

“Just like if your car gets stolen,” he explained, “OnStar can tell you where your car is. If your gun gets stolen, and you report it, we should be able to find that gun.”

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  • Yogibare

    Is this the same Chicago that tallied over 500 murders this past year? Does the councilman have the money to hire a small army of sleuths and trackers to do what he is saying?
    Gee, maybe they should pass a gun law in Chicago that prohibits the ownership and carrying of guns!!! Oh, that is my error—-they already have such a law. Maybe the perps cannot read! Or understand that they are breaking the law!

  • slackwarerobert

    564 I think was the grand total. Already ahead of beating it this year. But I like the idea, now we will know where all those crooks knows as “chicago’s finest” are at. Since you can’t have a gun in chicago, what will they be tracking except the cops?