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1:20 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Durbin Pushing Law Enforcement To Use Federal Gun Tracing Resources

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois listens as Madison County sheriff Bob Hertz explains why he supports the broader use of a federal gun tracing program on August 13, 2013.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

US Senator Dick Durbin is proposing a carrot-and-stick approach to encourage police departments in Illinois to trace guns used in crimes.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives runs the internet-based system known as eTrace, which can tell investigators who first purchased the gun and where it was manufactured.  But Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, says just half of the police departments or sheriff’s offices in Illinois use the  system. 

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