Flint plans to boost efforts to get guns off street

Associated Press

Flint — Police plan to work with federal authorities to boost efforts to get guns off the street following several recent shootings.

Chief James Tolbert tells The Flint Journal the department is going to more vigorously examine “time-to-crime,” meaning the time between when a weapon is reported stolen or purchased and how fast it comes into police possession after a crime.

Tolbert says the department is looking into a partnership with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the effort. Tolbert says this will help officials get to the source of guns used by criminals, which often are stolen or bought illegally.

He says by going after gun thieves and others “you cut it off at the head.” Police also plan to crack down on after-hour gatherings.