Firearms Tracking Device Urged
A member of Boston’s city council has proposed installing global positioning technology in firearms as a means of tracking guns. The city counselor, Rob Consalvo, wants tracking devices to be put into newly manufactured firearms and wants legal gun owners to retrofit the firearms.
This would enable police to locate and retrieve stolen guns in the same way that they can use computer chips to find stolen cars, he said.
Consalvo has asked Smith & Wesson to meet with him to discuss this proposal; Smith & Wesson’s Tom Taylor would not comment, saying the company had not yet reviewed the proposal.
Meanwhile, Jim Wallace of the Gun Owners’ Action League argued that individual privacy would be threatened by tracking devices.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Boston Globe (01/12/06); Nichols, Russell.