Firearm Project, Kansas Highway Patrol

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Kansas Highway Patrol of Kansas.
Tracking # 31972
Status
Completed

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From: Ben Hallman

Hi,

Pursuant to the state’s public records law, I am requesting access to and copies of records from your agency as part of our continuing coverage of gun trafficking. I have broken the request into three parts, each of which details the records that we are seeking. As expressed below, the date range for each part of this request is January 1, 2010 to the present:

1) Detailed information on stolen guns

It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies keep detailed records about firearms that were reported stolen by the citizens they serve. We are therefore requesting the following for each case of reported firearm theft in your jurisdiction:

-- The police report number and/or incident number for the firearm theft
-- The serial number, make, model, caliber, type and any other descriptive information for each firearm that was reported stolen

We would appreciate if this data was provided in a spreadsheet. If a spreadsheet is provided, please provide any record layout and/or code sheets.

The date range for this part is January 1, 2010 to the present.

2) Detailed information about crime guns

Second, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were used in crimes, recovered at crimes scenes or seized during investigations in their jurisdictions, including the make, model and serial number of each gun. We are therefore requesting the following:

-- The following records regarding firearms used in crimes in your agency’s jurisdiction, recovered at crime scenes or seized during investigations: the make, model, and serial number of each gun; the date of the crime; the police report number for the crime; the type of crime the firearm was used in; and the address where the crime was committed.

If your agency maintains a spreadsheet or database containing these records, we ask that you please provide that database. I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one case, the same as part 1) “Detailed information about stolen guns.”

I would like to note that we are not at this time seeking copies of police reports or any other investigative records associated with these crimes; we are only seeking information about the firearms used and some general information about the crimes that is generally released to the public.

The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.

3) Detailed information on lost, stolen or unaccounted for law enforcement guns

Finally, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that, while under the control and/or in the possession of their employees, went missing, were lost or stolen, or are otherwise accounted for. Therefore we request the following:

-- Any and all records of department-issued firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or are otherwise accounted for.

-- If your department does not issue firearms, then we ask for any and all records of firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or otherwise became unaccounted for while under the control and/or in the possession of one of your employees.

The records should include but not be limited to the following:

• The make, model, serial number and caliber of each lost or stolen firearm
• The location and address where the firearm was stolen
• The date of the loss or theft.
• The date the lost or theft was reported
• Whether each lost or stolen firearm was recovered
• If the lost or stolen firearm was recovered, the date and location of the recovery
• A description of how the firearm was lost or stolen
• Whether negligence on the part of the employee is/was suspected in the loss or theft of the firearm
• Whether the employee in control of the firearm retired, was terminated or otherwise left the department, and if so, the date and circumstances of the employee’s departure and whether his or her gun was retrieved and/or recovered.
• Any other individual reports and findings on the individual lost or stolen firearms

The records should include but not be limited to databases, reports, memos, internal affairs investigations, emails or other correspondence, and/or any other records.

The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.

Please label each record in a clear manner. As a news organization, we will be making information obtained from this request available to the general public and are not requesting it for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you informed me of the total charges before completing my request. We request that if you send an invoice, you make it out to The Trace.

I would prefer the requested information be sent via an e-mail attachment if available, or a mailed CD-ROM if not. If standard mail must be used, we ask that you send the request to the following address:

The Trace (at WeWork)
Attn: Brian Freskos
428 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I look forward to receiving your response. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone: (919) 522-6354

Sincerely,

Brian Freskos

From: Kansas Highway Patrol

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Cheryl Bukacek [KHP]

Per KORA Guidelines a 3 day latter was mailed to you on November 2, 2016 advising we received your request and we are reviewing it. A copy of that letter is attached.

Cheryl Bukacek
Kansas Highway Patrol Records Manager
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- From: Tony Stewart [KHP]
Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2016 8:27 AM
To: Melanie Wilson [KHP] <Melanie.Wilson@KS.GOV>
Subject: FW: Kansas Open Records Act Request: Firearm Project, Kansas Highway Patrol
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From: Ben Hallman

Thank you

From: Cheryl Bukacek [KHP]

Brian,

Please see the attached letter regarding your KORA request for the "Firearm Project".

Cheryl Bukacek
Kansas Highway Patrol Records Manager

From: Ben Hallman

Hi,

Thank you for your response. I forwarded the letter to our accounting folks, who should put a check in the mail for the $21.89 in about a week.

As for part 2 of the request, what's most important to us is to get the make, model and serial number for any firearm the Kansas Highway Patrol has taken custody of. We're asking for similar information from hundreds of agencies around the country. Our goal is to match guns stolen to guns recovered by law enforcement. For example, if a gun was stolen from a house in, say, North Carolina, and was seized by Kansas Highway Patrol during a traffic stop, we'd like to be able to see that. Can we chat about how we might be able to get this information? My phone number is (919) 522-6354.

Thank you,
Brian

From: Kansas Highway Patrol

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you so much! And please pass along my thanks to anyone who also assisted. I'm marking this request complete. Have a great weekend!

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