CHICAGO (AP) – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is introducing legislation today to encourage law enforcement to report guns recovered from violent crimes to a national database so they may be traced.
The measure will help target gun trafficking networks and solve violent crimes, he said. He calls the database run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “one of the most powerful and basic crime-fighting tools available.”
Fewer than half of law enforcement agencies in Illinois and one-third of agencies nationwide now report firearms to the database, the Democrat said.
His legislation would provide a preference in federal community policing grants for agencies that have worked with ATF to trace guns in the previous year.