Ald. Isaac Carothers (29th) and Ald. Ed Burke (14th) will propose a measure to the Chicago City Council for a gun registry that would allow police to track individuals convicted of weapons violations.
Burke, chairman of the Finance Committee, and Carothers, chairman of the Police and Fire Committee, would require violators to check in with police every six months.
The information would be available to police only and not the public, as is the case with sex offender registries.
The registry is similar to ones proposed this year in New York and Boston. Chicago’s registry would include people convicted of illegal possession of a loaded handgun, possession of three or more illegal handguns, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a handgun by a felon and possession of a disguised firearm.
The registry would include the name and alias of the person, as well as their height, weight, eye color, driver’s license information and a photo ID. Offenders also would have to provide police with their place of employment and details of their conviction.