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Feds: Police often skip 'trace data' in gun crimes

Feds: Police often skip 'trace data' in gun crimes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Only about a third of the nation's estimated 17,000 local law enforcement agencies regularly request federal assistance for "trace information" identifying the source of firearms used in crimes.

"There may be law enforcement agencies out there not asking for it because they don't think they have access to it," said the director of the ATF.

Federal authorities say they tend to receive repeated requests for help every year mostly from the same 6,000 LE agencies — and rarely hear from the other 11,000

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To target crime, Mesa, Ariz. targets guns

By Faye Bowers The Christian Science Monitor MESA, Ariz. — When the speeding Chevrolet Tracker came to... - Full Story

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Report: Recovered guns often traced to Virginia

By Allison Klein The Washington Post WASHINGTON, D.C. — Law enforcement authorities traced more than... - Full Story

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Feds: Police often skip 'trace data' in gun crimes, may not be aware of access

P1 talked to an ATF spokesperson, who provided the following information: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,... - Full Story

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Teen killed St. Louis officer in 'spur of the moment decision'

The Associated Press Related: Slain St. Louis officer was alone because of lack of manpower Officer Down:... - Full Story

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Northern Calif. police use DNA database to solve cold cases

By Marisa Lagos The San Francisco Chronicle SAN JOSE, Calif. — Years ago, Bettina Self stopped hoping... - Full Story

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MySpace.com helped N.J. police track shooting suspects

Web site corroborated suspect's MS-13 gang ties By Jonathan Schuppe Newark Star-Ledger Related tip: Check... - Full Story

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2 triple-slay suspects caught in connection with N.J. schoolyard shootings

In series of raids, task force catches up to pair of brothers outside Washington BY JONATHAN SCHUPPE... - Full Story

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N.Y. police use GPS data to charge man in slaying

The Associated Press OTSELIC, N.Y. — Police used data from a global positioning system installed by a... - Full Story

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Ga. city forms task force to combat robberies

By George Chidi The Atlanta Journal-Constitution GWINNETT, Ga. — Armed robberies and aggravated assaults... - Full Story



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