The National Shooting Sports Foundation posted an article by Larry Keane on their website which points out that according to a recent Chicago Sun-Times article the Chicago Police Department had provided the University of Chicago Crime Lab with firearm trace information for the purpose of producing a report.
The article points out a number of issues such as: the director of the Crime Lab has an anti-gun bias, the finding that weapons are not sourced in Chicago (since there are no gun shops in Chicago) is obvious, and most shocking is that the distribution of this firearm data to a non-law enforcement entity for purposes other than an actual criminal investigation violates the Tiahrt amendment.
The public release of firearms trace data is prohibited under federal legislation known as the Tiahrt Amendment. This legislation is supported by Congress, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and law enforcement groups such as the Fraternal Order of Police because it secures sensitive tracing information which would jeopardize on-going criminal investigations and put the lives of law enforcement officers and others at risk. So while no law enforcement agency in the country has ever been denied access to firearm trace data about their community, not a single one, it remains imperative that this information not be made public.
Keane asks us to draw the line: “Stand up against those who ignore the law to push their anti-gun agenda. Register to vote today, and make a change in November.”