Gun Violence Resource Hub

Gun Tracing
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Gun tracing involves tracking the movement of a gun used in a crime from its first sale. Gun tracing helps law enforcement identify suspects and potential gun traffickers. Police departments typically work in conjunction with special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate individuals whose guns were involved in crimes, including straw purchasers, and then arrest and prosecute those individuals.

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Primary implementing agency:
  • Law enforcement
Potential partnering agencies:
  • Federal law enforcement partners
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PSN Pillars

Focused and Strategic Enforcement
Community Engagement
  • Types of Strategy

  • Types of Gun Violence