Police in Illinois reminded of federal gun tracing expertise

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart are reminding police departments across the state about the federal agencies that can help them trace guns that they seize. Among the resources at the disposal of local agencies is a program called eTrace. That program allows gun trace requests to be sent quickly to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives over the Internet. Durbin and Dart also say in a release that the ATF is making available a new eTrace feature called “Collective Data Sharing” that allows local agencies to share trace results with other local agencies so that they can better coordinate trafficking investigations. Durbin also says he’s introducing in the Senate a training initiative to help police departments pursue gun tracing in criminal investigations.