CHICAGO (SCS) — US Senator Dick Durbin wants new federal law to stop illegal firearms like the one used to kill Chicago police officer Ella French, who was shot during a traffic stop last year.
An investigation revealed that the gun had been purchased by an Indiana man for the shooter, who was a convicted felon, so he could not legally purchase one himself. This is called a straw purchase.
Durbin is introducing legislation named for the French officer that would use federal funds for task forces to investigate and disrupt illegal straw-buying activities.
“Last year we lost a wonderful young Chicago police officer, Ella French, who was only 29 when she was murdered with a gun bought at straws. Her devastating loss has caused an outpouring of grief, but it also represented a call to action,” Durbin said in a statement. “By helping to support coordinated efforts to investigate and disrupt illicit straw buying and firearms trafficking rings, The Ella Grace French Task Force Support Act will help keep firearms out of the hands of prohibited users and keep our communities and law enforcement safe.”
The Durbin legislation seeks to fund coordinated efforts among federal, state, tribal, territorial and local law enforcement agencies to combat illegal firearms trafficking and straw-buying activity.