Illinois Considers Serial Numbers for Bullets


Gun violence across the State continues to be one of lawmakers’ biggest issues.

But they have a plan to catch the shooters with a single piece of evidence. Eighteen-year-old Max Yanor says he knows how to handle a gun. “Probably since I was 10 so about 8 years now,” he says.

Yanor said some legislation to crack down on the violence across the state is going too far.

“It’s ridiculous. It won’t work,” he says.

He said it’s hard to regulate the state when criminals will just find another way to break the law.

“Criminals are going to find a way to get guns no matter what. They’re going to find ways to get ammunition, whether they steal it or have someone buy it for them,” he says.

But, one lawmaker has a plan to identify criminals with just a single bullet.

“We just want to know how the guns and the bullets are getting into the hands of our youth and causing senseless harm and murder,” said Rep. Sonya Harper (D).

The proposal states that bullets sold in the state would have a serial number laser-stamped onto each bullet.

They would be engraved by the manufacturer and traced back to the point of sale.

“This is another tool in the toolbox to curtail the havoc that’s going on in our community,” said Rep. Mary Flowers (D).

But not everyone agrees with the proposal.

That’s because criminals can find other ways to get their hands on ammunition.

“People can simply go out of state and [buy] ammunition … by mail order, it’s ridiculous,” said John Jackson.

Gun owners say branding the bullets won’t stop the crimes.

“Because you’re dealing with criminals … that operate a criminal enterprise you can make as many laws as you want to, but it’s not going to fix the problem,” said Jackson.

The bill should be filed this week.

Gun stores owners say the fear is that if the bill passes, ammo prices will increase.

Illinois isn’t the only state to come up with this idea.  In 2005, California considered a similar bill that would have required a code on all bullets sold in the state. Ultimately, that bill failed.

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