When guns used in crimes are traced to the source, it not only helps track down criminals but also identifies trafficking patterns. Anything that helps police understand how guns get into the hands of criminals makes our streets safer.
On Monday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart urged more police departments to take advantage of the federal system to track guns used in crimes. Durbin said he is introducing legislation to give police departments that don’t participate in the system, called eTrace, an incentive to do so.
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