Governor Kathy Hochul says the state will now begin sharing information about firearms with neighboring states in an effort to better investigate gun crimes.
Hochul signed a memorandum of understanding with the governors of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The hope is by sharing the gun crime information, they can track where the weapons are coming from, and identify straw purchasers, dealers and traffickers.
"This memorandum is transformative," said Hochul. "I believe this is going to give us and our law enforcement entities in each of our states the tools we need to be able to trace guns that are coming from other states, to understand when a crime has been committed. We want to share information with our neighboring state if someone's on the run. Where are the guns coming from? How are they getting on our streets? And why is there such a disproportionate impact on young people, particularly in communities of color, who are becoming the victims of gun violence?"