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Did the $5.9 million federal gun grant make region safer?

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Did the $5.9 million federal gun grant make region safer?

In 2007, a team of law enforcement agencies announced a plan to combat a wave of gun violence plaguing eight Northern Ohio cities with a $5.9 million grant and the creation of an Ohio Gun Crime Center.

The Justice Department gave the grant to the group, which included Cleveland, Akron, Toledo, Youngstown, Lorain, Elyria, Canton, Mansfield and state and federal agencies. A federal official called the unprecedented cooperation historic.

Five years later, there is no gun center, and key components of the plan to track, trace and take guns off the street have been sidelined, even though officials insist the taxpayer millions were well spent on technology to build up cooperation, crime mapping and crime analysis capabilities.

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