August 23, 2007 By News Report
"These statistics reinforce what law enforcement has known for years -- handguns in the hands of people who can not legally have them is at the heart of violent crime in Kentucky," said Vido. "This Web site allows ordinary citizens to get a glimpse of what their local police are up against."
A key component of the ATF enforcement mission is tracing firearms on behalf of thousands of federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies. ATF's National Tracing Center, located in Martinsburg, W.Va., provides trace data that tracks the transfer of a firearm from the importer or manufacturer to the gun's first purchaser. This information can assist law enforcement investigators in ultimately pinpointing the individual or individuals who used the gun to commit a violent crime.
As part of the ATF Louisville Field Division's support to Kentucky's law enforcement community, Vido will be meeting with Chief Robert C. White of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) to provide him with a comprehensive package of law-enforcement-sensitive firearms trace information to support ongoing LMPD violent investigations. Firearm trace information for additional cities in Kentucky will be provided as it becomes available.