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Gun database set up

Parliamentary correspondent
A new gun crime database is set to bring more criminals to justice and make communities safer, Home Office minister Caroline Flint has pledged.

The Forensic Science Service's National Firearms Forensic Intelligence Database is part of the government's continuing drive to tackle gun crime.

The database, developed with over £1m of Home Office funding, will improve the speed and quality of police intelligence sharing on the firearms used in crime. The database will help the police to link crimes, regardless of where and when they take place.

"The National Firearms Forensic Intelligence Database will be an invaluable tool for the police. Using cutting-edge technology, it will help bring more of the criminals who spread fear in our communities to justice," Flint said.

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