AG Josh Shapiro: Pa. must get tough on guns used in crimes
Pennsylvania’s attorney general, Josh Shapiro, speaks at a news conference in his office headquarters, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in Harrisburg. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)
(Harrisburg) — The state attorney general’s office says it wants to improve the management and use of firearms-sales databases so that law enforcement can better clamp down on gun violence.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro has announced he wants police departments to enter serial numbers from every crime gun into a law-enforcement database so that its original seller can be identified.
He notes most crime guns aren’t being entered, as the law requires.
His office wants retailers to submit gun-sale records electronically to get rid of a police backlog of paper records that are waiting to be entered into a database — as a way to allow law enforcement to more quickly trace guns used in crimes.
The effort comes amid a surge in gun violence in Philadelphia.