Sen. Mark Kirk and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Wednesday introduced bipartisan legislation that would, for the first time, make gun trafficking a federal crime.
"Gun trafficking is allowing gangs and violence to flourish in Chicago," Kirk said in a statement posted to his Senate website. ""The Chicago Crime Commission reported that Chicago Police confiscate an average of 13,000 illegal weapons each year. Last summer, gang violence killed 500 men, women and children in Chicago. We must put a stop to this cycle."
At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Kirk's colleague in the Senate, Dick Durbin, said that most of the guns used in Chicago crimes flow into the city from Mississippi. The bill proposed by Kirk and Gillibrand aims to stop that flow.
The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013 would empower local, state, and federal law enforcement to investigate and prosecute gun traffickers and their entire criminal networks, including gangs, cartels and organized crime rings.
Specifically the bill will make it illegal to:
Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's name. This post was originally published Jan. 30, 2013.