To curb gun violence in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing restrictions on gun sales that would require that all gun sales to be videotaped. The New York Times reports:
The proposal would restrict gun purchases for individuals to one a month and would mandate that all gun sales be videotaped, an effort to deter buyers from using false identification. Under the proposed ordinance, employees in gun stores would be required to undergo background checks and complete training to help them spot the common signs of gun traffickers. Retailers would be subject to a quarterly audit of inventory in an effort to reduce theft. In addition, the plan would impose a 72-hour waiting period to buy handguns and a 24-hour waiting period to buy rifles and shotguns."
In addition to comprising the ideological embodiment of a libertarian hellscape...
Rahm Emanuel wants to require gun sales in Chicago be recorded on video. Imagine if he proposed that for exercising right to vote.— Emily Miller (@EmilyMiller) May 27, 2014
the proposal is not without its shortcomings:
60% of guns used to commit crimes in Chicago from '09-'13 came from out of state. Gun violence is a nat'l problem http://t.co/cqicEk9BtC— JCPA (@theJCPA) May 28, 2014
Nevertheless, Emanuel cited gun violence as Chicago's "most urgent problem." Last year the FBI declared Chicago to be the murder capital of the United States, with more recorded homicides in 2012 than in any other major city (including New York City, which has three times the population).
Emanuel is introducing the proposal today at a city council meeting.
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