Rep. LaShawn Ford Calls For A Gun Database To Slow Illegal Gun Flow From Indiana Border

Jim Gudas
July 11, 2020 - 1:35 pm
CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- To slow the flow of guns into Illinois from neighboring states, one lawmaker is recommending the adoption of a database strategy already being used to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Illinois, Indiana and four other Midwestern states have formed a compact to coordinate their responses to COVID-19.
State Representative La Shawn Ford from Chicago's West Side traveled to the Illinois-Indiana border Saturday in Calumet City to call for a similar partnership to combat the trafficking of guns across state lines.
He said that should include a database that lets those states know when one of their residents travels to one of the other states to buy guns. 
"If Illinois had a database where we knew how many guns a person went to Indiana to purchase, then we could stop the gun-running that is taking place in Illinois right now," Ford said. 
Ford said such a database would make it easier to track down who is trafficking guns to Illinois that are used in crimes. He said it could also deter some people from going out of state to buy guns and bring them back to Illinois.

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