Pennsylvania launches statewide effort to drive down illegal gun trafficking

Kristen Johanson
July 15, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor has launched a new initiative aimed at driving down gun trafficking in the Keystone State.

State prosecutors say the Track and Trace Program will work hand-in-hand with local police in figuring out where illegal guns come from, and how to stop them from ending up in the wrong hands.

The program, officials say, will make sure make sure guns are entered into a database that will be shared between federal, state and local law enforcement.

Serial numbers and ballistic tests will be entered so authorities can determine if a firearm was used in another crime, and track who originally purchased the weapon, officials say.

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Gun retailers are also being encouraged to also create electronic records of sale for guns, so it’s easier for authorities to trace the source of the weapon’s owner.

The AG’s office says right now, most gun retailers keep paper records, which can often delay investigations.

Officials are also boosting how they educate the public and gun owners on laws and safety, like keeping firearms locked up.