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Ghost Guns: Identifying and Tracing Privately Made Firearms

Part of the National Public Safety Partnership Virtual Academy
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In an effort to deliver meaningful and effective resources to National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) sites and beyond, the PSP team, in collaboration with leading law enforcement experts and practitioners, has developed interactive, virtual courses on law enforcement topics identified to be of great importance. These courses are available nationwide at no-cost to requesting law enforcement professionals.

One only has to review the day’s news to understand that ghost guns, or privately made firearms, are a rapidly growing area of concern for law enforcement and for our communities. It is hard to determine the exact frequency and volume of privately made firearm (PMF) recoveries associated with criminal behavior because this is an emerging problem in most of the country and, as a result, law enforcement has not yet established uniform procedures for identifying and documenting their recovery.

This training is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to identify, accurately describe, and document PMFs and a uniform methodology for accounting for them in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Firearms Tracing System.

Date Created: December 6, 2022