ATF expands gun data access

ATF expands gun data access

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms late last month launched Online Lead, a Web application designed to help law enforcement officials track down illegal firearms traffickers.

The tool, developed in-house, is part of ATF's electronic crime-fighting arsenal, bureau officials said.

Online Lead gives state and local law enforcement officials real-time access to the more than 1 million records stowed in ATF's Firearms Tracing System. The database contains information on guns used in crimes, gun sales and other information.

So far, firearms task forces in cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Memphis, Tenn., New York and Washington are using the Web app.

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