Firearm Project, Knoxville, TN

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Knoxville Police Department of Knoxville, TN.
Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Alexander Smith

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Tennessee's Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

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, seized during investigations or otherwise recovered: the make, model, and serial number of each gun; the date of the crime and/or incident from which it was recovered; the police report number for the crime and/or incident; the type of crime the firearm was used in; and the address where the crime was committed and/or the incident occurred.

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.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Please note that I am a citizen of Tennessee, and am using MuckRock's services to help manage and track my request.

Sincerely,

Alexander Smith

From: Ronald Mills

Mr. Smith-

Your Open Records Act request, reproduced below, has been directed to me for response. Unfortunately we are unable to provide the information you requested at this time because the Tennessee Open Records Act, Tenn. Code Ann. § 10-7-503, et seq. only provides a right of access to publicly held documents for citizens of the State of Tennessee, see Tenn. Code Ann. § 10-7-503(a)(2)(a), and your request through this service is insufficient to verify you as a citizen of Tennessee.

Additionally, I must advise that, should you demonstrate your Tennessee citizenship, there is no single document that includes the information you have requested, nor is there any existing report format currently available to retrieve the specific information you requested from the database in which it is stored. Therefore, the Knoxville Police Department will be required to construct a custom report format to compile the information. When we receive proof of Tennessee citizenship we will provide you with an estimate of the cost to create this report format, which must be paid in advance before any data can be extracted for a report, along with an estimate of the total labor cost for fulfilling your request.

Ronald E. Mills
Deputy Law Director
City of Knoxville
400 Main Street Suite 699
P.O. Box 1631
Knoxville, TN 37901
(865) 215-2050 phone
(865) 215-2643 fax
rmills@knoxvilletn.gov<mailto:rmills@knoxvilletn.gov>
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