mauserme Posted March 18, 2023 at 01:21 PM Share Posted March 18, 2023 at 01:21 PM https://qctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/comprehensive-illinois-gun-violence-data-unattainable-state-police-say/article_effc9496-4b70-5405-a4bf-ee802fa069f1.html Comprehensive Illinois gun violence data 'unattainable,' state police say Brenden Moore SPRINGFIELD — When it comes to data on gun violence, the Illinois State Police and, by extension, state lawmakers and the general public are not getting the full picture, the agency candidly acknowledged in a report filed with the governor’s office and state legislature. The data is required by law to be collected by the state police, reported annually to lawmakers and made available for the public to see on an online dashboard. It is the product of the Gun Trafficking Information Act, a provision tucked into a larger 2019 law that requires gun dealers to certify their federal license with the Illinois State Police. ... But in the four years since the law was signed, the state’s top law enforcement agency is still in the dark, telling lawmakers in the February report that the “lack of a centralized and uniform data collection tool for use by all Illinois law enforcement agencies has made the collection and reporting of all mandated information unattainable.” The agency has examined internal and external data sources, but differing records management, report writing and evidence management systems across state and local law enforcement agencies have resulted in “the collection of inconsistent, inaccurate, or non-translatable data,” the report states. ... Putting aside the lack of information from local law enforcement, the state police acknowledged not even having a clear picture of their own data. ... according to the report, firearms offense information reported by the agency's division of patrol — the uniformed officers that patrol the state's roadways — is "not consistently collected and does not account for potential skewing of data," such as double-reporting of an offense. in a matter of months (ISP) will be charged with collecting even more firearms data as part of the semiautomatic weapons ban signed by Pritzker in January. ... The state’s top law enforcement agency will be charged with maintaining a registry of serial numbers for assault-style weapons grandfathered under the law while providing statewide coordination and strategy pertaining to firearm-related intelligence, firearms trafficking interdiction and investigations. Under the new law, ISP must outline a process for registration of grandfathered weapons by Oct. 1. Gun owners would then have until the end of the year to register their weapons. The agency, in a five-page document outlining its 2023 gun strategy, said it "expects to complete necessary system upgrades to comply" with the new law. ... "The administration was an active partner in putting this important legislation together and I trust it will be a priority for the agency to meet its responsibilities under the law," Harmon said. "I look forward to hearing how it plans to do so during agency budget hearings." 3937RSGAEmail8092RSGAAttachISP CY22 Gun Trafficking Legislative Report updated.pdf Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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