Chicago: Alderman Wants GPS Tracking of All Firearms

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The gun control issue is as hot as ever before. A Chicago South Side alderman thinks he has the solution: a measure calling for the GPS tracking of all firearms. This, however, is stirring up quite the debate.


As reported by WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore, Alderman Willie Cochran is asking GPS tracking chips be embedded in new guns as well as retrofitted on all existing firearms in the event they are stolen or turn up missing. Cochran is a former police officer.


“Just like if your car gets stolen, 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,” said Cochran.


He has brought a resolution before the Committee on Public Safety asking them to hold hearings in order to hear testimony regarding the issue. The resolution is quite similar to a measure being proposed by a state senator in Massachusetts.


Cochran admitted there may be a steep price tag associated with the installation of the GPS tracking chips on all firearms, but claims it is mere pennies compared to the cost of gun violence. He said, “Let’s measure what it costs in hospital costs, lost wages, deaths.”


When the issue of the lack of privacy of gun owners who can now be tracked via the GPS chips in their completely legal weapons was raised, Cochran said, “Safety is…a much more important issue than is privacy. 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.”


The mayor has not commented on the proposal. Gun owners: how do you feel about this idea? Would you readily turn your gun in to authorities to be retrofitted with the GPS tracking chip, or do you feel this is just another waste of taxpayer money and infringement on your right to privacy? Let us know by commenting below.

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