Newsweek have published an article highlighting the importance of intelligence sharing and a joined up system of work in the fight against the illegal use of firearms. Arquebus’ Project EFFECT study published last month looked at these issues around information sharing as a means of reducing the threat.
It is vital to have an effective means of intelligence development and sharing that can identify emerging threats and risks posed by individuals, crime gangs and terrorist organizations. It is vital that law enforcement organizations be supported by appropriate legislation that seeks to not only prosecute those who are involved in the use of illegal firearms, but also those who are involved in their illegal supply and distribution.
The perpetrator of the Orlando shooting on the 12th June legally purchased weapons and had on more than one occasion, been interviewed about his possible connections to terrorism, according to Newsweek. However, he was still able to obtain firearms legally.
Despite the relative difference in scale between Europe and the U.S. regarding the availability of firearms, it is our belief that what is required is the development of a ‘ballistic intelligence’ system of work that brings together all available information on the criminal use of firearms in fast time. This information can then be communicated to law enforcement partners to help not only detect crimes, but more importantly to prevent them from happening in the first place.
Source – Newsweek
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