Plan aims to curtail gun violence; Software, legislation and tip line.Byline: Scott J. Croteau
WORCESTER - The Main South Alliance for Public Safety and District 4 City Councilor coun·cil·or also coun·cil·lor
A member of a council, as one convened to advise a governor. See Usage Note at council.
coun Barbara G. Haller are pushing a three-pronged program to track illegal weapons and curtail cur·tail
tr.v. cur·tailed, cur·tail·ing, cur·tails
To cut short or reduce. See Synonyms at shorten.
[Middle English curtailen, to restrict gun violence.
William T. Breault, chairman of the Main South Alliance for Public Safety, announced last week the creation of an anonymous tip line so residents can report gun activity. The tip line goes to the Main South Community Development Corp.
Mr. Breault and his organization are also pushing for local police departments to use software from a Seekonk-based computer software maker to better track weapons.
Finally, the community group that heads a program called "Where Did the Gun Come From?" is contacting legislators hoping to stop a federal law passed each year since 2003 that limits the tracking of weapons to law enforcement agencies A law enforcement agency (LEA) is a term used to describe any agency which enforces the law. This may be a local or state police, federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). .
"We want to stop the gun violence, and one way is to disrupt the trafficking," Ms. Haller said.
Both members of the Main South Alliance for Public Safety pointed to the disappearance more than 10 years ago of guns from Worcester manufacturing company Kahr Arms Kahr Arms is an American small arms manufacturer with headquarters in Blauvelt, New York and a manufacturing facility in Worcester, Massachusetts. The company specializes in compact and mid-size semi-automatic pistols chambered for popular cartridges including 9 mm Luger as a reason better gun tracking and public access to gun tracking is needed. One of the firearms This is an extensive list of small arms — pistol, machine gun, grenade launcher, anti-tank rifle — that includes variants.
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Mr. Breault has met with several police chiefs and law enforcement organizations to discuss the use of the software created by James LaMonte, lead design engineer for Coloseum Software Corp., which developed the Advanced Inventory Management Intelligence program to track weapons. The software allows tracking of a weapon based on its parts, its make, model, caliber and color. Users of the software can even search for information based on a bullet's ballistic bal·lis·tic
a. Of or relating to the study of the dynamics of projectiles.
b. Of or relating to the study of the internal action of firearms.
But Mr. Breault said public access to gun-tracking information will not occur while the Tiahrt Amendment, federal legislation restricting gun-tracking information to law enforcement officials, remains in place. The amendment prohibits the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (abbreviated ATF, sometimes BATF or BATFE) is a United States federal agency; more specifically a specialized law enforcement and regulatory organization within the United States Department of Justice. , which maintains the eTrace database, from releasing the information outside of law enforcement.
Each year since 2003 the legislation is an attachment to the Department of Justice spending bill.
Chuck Knapp, communications directors for U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt Todd Tiahrt (born June 15, 1951), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1995, representing Kansas's At-large congressional district (map), which is based in Wichita. , R-Kansas, said the amendment is supported by the ATF ATF Molecular virology Activating transcription factor A cellular protein that stimulates transcription of adenovirus E4 transcription unit, which acts early in infection at any of several 'enhancer' binding sites .
"They support it and have requested its inclusion again this year," Mr. Knapp said. A vote for the Department of Justice budget is upcoming. "They believe it protects their ongoing criminal investigations and the lives of their undercover officers. There is really no reason for people other than the law enforcement community to have access to it."
Law enforcement has access to the database, and if a gun is used in a crime, the local police can receive information on the gun from the ATF, he said. A police organization's ability to inquire about a gun from another police organization is limited now, but language to change a portion of the amendment to allow that type of information to be passed among law enforcement entities has been added in one version.
"We continue to lobby our elected representatives to stop Tiahrt and implore im·plore
v. im·plored, im·plor·ing, im·plores
1. To appeal to in supplication; beseech: implored the tribunal to have mercy.
2. all who understand that it is nearly impossible to effectively manage the problem of illegal weapons without tracing the movement of guns after purchase to join us," Mr. Breault said in a news release.
The Gun Tip Line, sponsored by the Main South Community Development Corp., can be reached at (508) 795-7197. People can leave their names and phone numbers for follow-up contact or remain anonymous. Information will be turned over to the Police Department when warranted.