With the gun debate focused so much on assault weapons, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) has his sites set on “junk guns.”
The Chicago democrat is introducing legislation that would set federal standards for handguns made in the United States.
Imported handguns must meet guidelines spelled out in the 1968 Gun Control Act, but domestic-made handguns are exempt and regulated by individual states.
Gutierrez says a lack of uniformity in the laws leads to handguns that are poorly-made, cheap, easy to conceal and can misfire.
He says 60 percent of handguns in Illinois come from other states.
He also notes that 97 percent of guns used in Chicago murders in 2011 were handguns.