HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The governors of four northeastern states are agreeing to share information about firearms purchases to help detect and investigate straw buyers and other gun crimes.
Governors in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania signed an agreement Thursday to exchange gun crime data for use only by law enforcement.
The agreement includes provisions governing security and mandated notice if the information is misused. The four Democratic governors say the initiative will help target gun networks that cross state lines.
"This memorandum is transformative. I believe this is going to give us and our law enforcement entities in each of our states the tools we need to be able to trace guns that are coming from other states, to understand when a crime has been committed, we want to share information with our neighboring state if someone's on the run," said Gov. Kathy Hochul. "Where are the guns coming from? How are they getting on our streets, and why is there such a disproportionate impact on young people, particularly in communities of color, who are becoming the victims of gun violence?"
The states plan to share details they get from federal government reports that show who first bought and sold guns recovered during criminal investigations.