How Difficult is This?
Every gun we have bought has a serial number. And every time we buy a gun, we fill out a pile of paperwork.
CPD has recovered some 4,800 guns so far this year that were used illegally. We assume that most had serial numbers and these are recorded somewhere in the endless paperwork.
We know that a large number of guns are stolen from individuals, stores, rail cars, truck yards, etc. But a sizable percentage must be traceable to an individual purchase somehow.
So what's the point of recording all this info if no one uses it? Why aren't we hearing about some schmo who loses a gun a month? Some felon's girlfriend who buys a gun that goes missing? A straw buyer who is supplying guns to the gangs, etc. This would seem to be an easy way to narrow down Chicago's supposed "gun problem" seeing as how there still isn't a single gun store within city limits, yet someone, guns keep appearing, people keep getting shot, cops keep finding guns, and the courts keep letting shooters go.
Are we missing something? A couple of high profile prosecutions might actually deter some of the "gun running" thgat seems to go on without making it so difficult for the law abiding to purchase a gun..
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