Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants a statewide gun registry in Illinois, an idea some lawmakers quickly dismissed Thursday as ineffective and an insult to gun owners, reports the Chicago Tribune. The proposal would require anyone who buys a handgun to pay a $65 registration fee. To register a gun, a purchaser would need to provide his name, address and phone number, along with the weapon’s manufacturer and serial number and the place and date of purchase. The registry would be in addition to the firearm ownership standards all gun owners must already meet.
Emanuel, picking up the gun control agenda started by predecessor Richard Daley, said a registry could help reduce the flow of illegal guns into Chicago from around the state by making it easier for police to figure out where they came from. “I’m introducing this because our law enforcement community, our parents, our community groups, our block and neighborhood watch groups need a proper gun legislation to complement all the other activities we’re doing,” Emanuel said. Downstate Rep. Brandon Phelps called Emanuel’s initiative a “slap in the face of every law-abiding gun owner.”