New Multi-Agency ‘Gun Response Team’ Formed In Escambia County

August 7, 2012

Law enforcement agencies are teaming up in Escambia County to form the “Gun Response Team” to investigate incidents of gun related crimes in the county.

The multi-agency group will respond to and investigate crimes where a firearm was the weapon of choice. At times, they will support investigations by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office or the Pensacola Police Department. Sometimes the team will be the primary investigative unit.

“The goal of this initiative is the reduction of gun related violence as well as the arrest and successful prosecution of those who commit gun related crimes,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Gun Response Team will respond to crimes including:

  • Homicides that are gun related
  • Drive by shootings
  • Intentional weapon discharges with property damage or injury
  • Suspicious firearm wounds and firearm wounds to known criminals
  • Persons arrested and charged with a firearm violation (primary and secondary)
  • Illegal aliens with firearms
  • Narcotic related crimes involving firearms
  • Illegal firearms and weapons caches
  • Found or recovered firearms (including those with no arrest)

The Gun Response Team consists of members from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Pensacola Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney’s Office. Also assisting in the venture will be the Florida Department of Probation and Parole, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the U.S. Marshal’s and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The first day of operation for the new team was Monday.


9 Responses to “New Multi-Agency ‘Gun Response Team’ Formed In Escambia County”

  1. David Huie Green on August 9th, 2012 9:40 am

    The right to keep and bear arms is in the Constitution.
    The right to armed robbery is not in there.

    Guns are superior to knives and other arms at killing people (better penetration, longer reach, more exact targeting), so their usage in crimes is of especial interest to people not wanting the innocent hurt by criminals.

    David for punishing armed robbers and killers

  2. Jane on August 8th, 2012 3:11 pm

    They have very strict gun laws in some other states but it doesn’t seem to keep the guns out of the hands of the bad guys. Guns get stolen or sold and somehow the gangs and bad guys get them. I am not sure how this agency can solve that problem. I am sure that if they are sharing information it may help with guns that have been stolen, or the bad guys using them.

  3. Darko Sladovic on August 8th, 2012 2:56 pm

    Where this could bite you is if you sell a gun in a private sale to someone. Although legal in Florida, if that gun’s used in a crime and they trace it (BATFE form 4473 and a serial number) back to you there will be hell to pay. That’s where they’ll concentrate their efforts. Then they will examine your “arsenal.” It’s a pain and I loose money, but I’ve sold guns to FFL dealers. I’ve sold a gun in a private sale–to a sworn LEO. I think that was pretty safe. Selling it to Joe Schmuck could get you in deep doo-doo. Remember, if you sell a gun, you bought from a licensed dealer, and sell it Freddy Knucklehead–who robs the nearest Circle Krack–the paperwork on that gun stops at your address.

  4. joe on August 8th, 2012 1:41 am

    this sounds bad for everyone. giving firearms more attention than other weapons can only support one end, the ban, restriction or complete removal of firearms on a governemntal level. now people will have caches of weapons and not collections?
    the use of terms that sound bad causes panic and concern for many, we know this often caries over to legal usage as well.
    the limits are coming and crack down will begin.
    I feel this is the begining of the end!

  5. NotAgain on August 7th, 2012 1:07 pm

    What about the incident downtown last night where 3 people were stabbed? Is a “knife response team” being formed? If not, then why?

  6. NotAgain on August 7th, 2012 1:04 pm

    “weapons caches”

    What is their exact definition of a “weapons cache”?

    How many “weapons” must be present before it is considered to be a “weapons cache”? 2? 3? 50? 500?

  7. 429SCJ on August 7th, 2012 12:15 pm

    As the nation becomes more unstable an armed populace will be more difficult for the federal government to control.

    I look at all the work the Justice Department, ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, Anti Defamation Leauge, NAACP have done to make us better over the last 50 years, but things have only become worse. How could such a thing be, we have only shown decline, despite programs to improve our society?

  8. Atmore G on August 7th, 2012 9:51 am

    Amen northend voter.. The problem is not the guns, it is the people using them.. It is disturbing that so many younger people today border on being illiterate and seem to have no regard for what is right or wrong.. These are very difficult issues that we will continue to face unless we really get to the root of the problem, which I also believe lies with the families and their failure to make certain these kids are taught what they need to know to be good citizens..

  9. northend voter on August 7th, 2012 8:32 am

    Hope its not! But might be a big waste of time! It is not going to get better in our society because to many young women having too many babies with different daddys. The family unit is rapidly deteriorating, this is where alot of violent crime begins.

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