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Gun tracing Virginia is test state for program that shares gun data

Test succeeds in state, and authorities plan to expand federal program elsewhere

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    A Smith & Wesson Model 29.44 Magnum revolver was on display at the ATF headquarters in Chesterfield County, VA Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, along with other crime guns traced by the agency.

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Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 9:39 am, Tue Sep 17, 2013.

Virginia has become the test state for a planned nationally linked program that will allow every law enforcement agency in the commonwealth — if they choose to participate — instant access to a shared database of records on recovered crime guns and investigative traces of those weapons.

In the eight weeks since the program was launched, 25 of Virginia’s 352 state and local law enforcement agencies have signed agreements to share crime gun trace data with their participating state colleagues through an enhancement of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ eTrace system, an Internet-based firearms tracing and analysis initiative.

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