Gov. John Carney announced Feb. 26 that Delaware will join States for Gun Safety, a multi-state partnership aimed at preventing gun-related violence.

“Working together, states can take action that will directly confront the threat of gun violence, and reduce the toll it takes on our communities,” said Carney. “This partnership will help us better share data across state borders, intercept the flow of illegal guns and provide law enforcement with more tools to stop violence before it happens. Delaware is proud to join this partnership, and we look forward to getting to work.”

The coalition was founded this month by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló also joined the coalition Feb. 26.

As part of the States for Gun Safety Coalition, Delaware will join a multi-state task force to trace and intercept illegal guns in the region. Delaware will also work in cooperation with other partner states to enhance intelligence gathering, information sharing and response efforts related to gun violence. Participating states will leverage collective investigative resources to determine comprehensive, coordinated plans for gun violence responses.

Delaware will join partner states to share information about individuals who are prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm within each state. That information pathway enables law enforcement agencies to know if an individual has attempted to purchase or permit a weapon in a participating state. The agreement, in accordance with federal and state privacy protections, will provide state law enforcement agencies with details on the firearm purchase or permit denials for those who are disqualified. People may be disqualified from owning a firearm for several reasons, including an order of protection, commitment for a mental disorder or criminal history.

Additionally, the partner states will work together to designate an institute of higher education to join the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium, a multi-disciplinary data-collection group tasked with producing recommendations for reducing gun violence.

By working cooperatively, participating states are making an effort to tackle issues related to the epidemic of gun violence, even if Congress and the president fail to take federal action.