A ‘Flashlight’ on Baltimore Gun Crime

Baltimore is piloting new software aimed at identifying gun trafficking patterns and illegal firearms sales.
Developed by the advocacy group Everytown For Gun Safety, the Gun Trafficking Intelligence Platform works as a “flashlight” for gun crime patterns. It combines multiple data sources to pinpoint gun shows and key individual suppliers, and flags the names of repeat "straw purchasers" who buy firearms on behalf of prohibited buyers.
Dogged by gun crime and a hub for guns flowing in from states with looser gun laws, Baltimore was seen as the ideal starting point. The hope is that the technology will spread to other cities.

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