Connecticut Joins Other Northeastern States in Gun Violence Prevention Coalition

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Governor Ned Lamont joined the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in announcing a multi-state initiative on gun violence prevention.

The four states will share a database of gun crime information in an effort to trace where the guns are coming from.

During a news conference Thursday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said most guns used in the northeast come into those states from the south.

According to a memorandum of understanding signed by Gov. Lamont, Gov. Murphy, New York Gov. Hochul, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf "allows law enforcement agencies from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to share crime gun data across state lines in order to detect, deter, and investigate gun crime, as well as identify and apprehend straw purchasers, suspect dealers, firearms traffickers, and other criminals."

Lamont said Connecticut State Police will head the effort to share the data, but he hoped that local municipalities would contribute as well.

“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,” Governor Lamont said.

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