LOS ANGELES—A Los Angeles city councilman has proposed an electronic system to record ammunition sales to make it easier to track illegal purchases.

Councilman Paul Krekorian introduced a motion Tuesday to amend city law to require automatic, time-of-sale electronic reporting of all ammunition sales.

City ammunition dealers are required to log all purchases. These logs are usually hand-written and kept at each store.

Dealers must keep records for two years and are not required to report them to the Police Department. Dealers are required to make sale logs available for inspection upon request.

Police officers must physically visit each of the city's 16 ammunition dealers to inspect their logs to determine if purchasers are felons or otherwise prohibited from possessing firearms.

The motion now goes to the council's Public Safety Committee.