Video may be required for Chicago gun shops

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

CHICAGO—Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has outlined a plan to impose strict regulations on gun shops that open within city limits, including a requirement to record every sale on video, according to a CBS report.

Previously, gun shops were not allowed to open within city limits.

The mayor’s office and the Chicago Police Department created a report with the help of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, envisioning a plan to require gun store employees to submit to criminal background checks, and receive training on identifying potential gun traffickers.

Under the proposal, gun shops in Chicago could not be located within 500 feet of a school or park. The shops would have to install exterior lighting, surveillance cameras, and alarm systems, and provide secure storage of guns and ammunition. Police would have to approve a store’s security plan before it could open.

Cameras would have to record all sales of guns, and shops would not be allowed to sell more than one handgun per month to a single customer. The report said.

“Now that we’re required to allow gun sales within the city limits, we’ll do it in a way that does not undermine our public safety goals,” Emanuel said during a police awards ceremony, according to the report.