On Wednesday, State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued AG Directive 2018-4 which instructs all municipal law enforcement agencies within the State to participate in the ATF’s eTrace System “Collective Data Sharing” program.
The eTrace System, already utilized by law enforcement agencies, traces all crime guns recovered in NJ. The Collective Data Sharing program, which not all departments participated in, allows users to share information regarding crime guns such as, manufacturer or importer, dealer, and first purchases, with other eTrace System users who have also opted in to the program.
The goal of the Directive is to provide the State Police with additional data needed to “identify statewide patterns in sources of guns, and identify unlawful purchasers and bad faith dealers – which, in turn, will support prosecutions of straw purchasers and traffickers that illegally transport firearms into New Jersey.”
You should review the AG Directive with your municipal police chief to ensure all new requirements are being met.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney FMarshall@njslom.org, 609-695-3481, x137.