New York Governor Kathy Hochul, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to share crime gun data in an effort to prevent gun violence and enhance public safety. The agreement allows law enforcement agencies from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut to share crime gun data across state lines in order to detect, deter, and investigate gun crimes, as well as identify and apprehend straw purchasers, suspect dealers, firearms traffickers, and other criminals.
"Gun violence has ripped apart too many lives and it is unacceptable what is happening to our children and our communities because of gun violence," said Governor Hochul. "We face complex challenges that we can't take on alone, which is why we are taking an important step forward today in partnership with New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut to prevent gun violence by sharing crime gun data between our respective states. This partnership will give law enforcement the resources they need and make our states and communities safer."
We face complex challenges that we can't take on alone, which is why we are taking an important step forward today in partnership with New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut to prevent gun violence by sharing crime gun data between our respective states." Governor Hochul
"Firearms trafficking networks frequently engage in criminal activities on an interstate basis, and in order to prevent gun violence in our communities, we must work collaboratively as a region," said Governor Murphy. "By sharing vital gun crime information with New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, we are equipping our law enforcement agencies with the necessary resources and intel to analyze, track, and deter gun violence. Our multi-state approach reaffirms our collective commitment and shared goal of ending gun violence in our communities and enhancing public safety throughout our region."
"If we want to reduce the scourge of gun violence, we must work with partners in our communities, as well as our neighboring states, to curb the flow of illegal guns and those used to commit criminal acts," said Governor Wolf. "This collaboration among our states will be an important resource to protect the public and I'm proud to work with New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut on the shared goal of making our communities safer."
"Working together, our states' law enforcement agencies can collaboratively share critical gun crime data and directly confront the threat of gun violence and criminal activity," said Governor Lamont. "This regional partnership will allow law enforcement in each of our states to share data in order to detect, deter, and investigate gun crimes, and apprehend straw purchasers, suspect dealers, firearms traffickers, and other criminals. Firearms are frequently taken across state borders when involved in crimes, and Connecticut is committed to partnering in these kinds of regional coalitions to strengthen the safety of our communities."
Read the Memorandum of Understanding Here.