No Database To Track Stolen Guns In Memphis
(Memphis) Mayor A C Wharton calls illegal guns the city’s biggest problem and announced a five point plan to get them off the streets last month.
The program would not stop shootings like the one Monday where a 4-year-old shot and killed himself on accident.
Police say it appears the gun Joshua Johnson was playing with was legally bought by his parents but it may not have been secured.
That tragedy comes just a few days after a Memphis teenager accidentally shot his friend.
The teen is charged with unlawfully carrying the gun that was stolen back in 2007.
Stolen guns like that one are falling into the hands of criminals around the city and the mayor says the solution may not be that simple.
The clock is ticking until ‘Memphis is gunned down on the web.’
An interesting choice of words in the city’s fight to stop gun violence.
“Our biggest challenge here in the streets of Memphis are the hand guns in the hands of the wrong people,” said Wharton.
Tuesday, Mayor Wharton once again said there is a huge problem in Memphis with criminals taking guns during burglaries, and then using them later to commit crimes.
Unlike operation Blue Crush which tracks when and where crimes happen Wharton says there is no database tracking stolen guns or the criminals who steal them.
“We know without a database, we know just by looking at their records the multiple, the repeat offenders and that`s who we`re going to focus on,” said Wharton.
Wharton says it’s up to state and federal lawmakers to create the database and expects Nashville to work on getting illegal guns off our streets in this year’s legislative session.
“We can keep up. We know our bad guys. What we need are the resources to go after them,” said Wharton.