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(ZIONSVILLE, Ind.) – Indy is taking a regional approach to fighting gun violence, with a nudge from the General Assembly.

Legislators voted in April to create a “crime guns task force,” allowing Indy Metro Police to work together with police departments in seven surrounding counties on a unified plan for tracing guns used in crimes. The law took effect this month — Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville and Avon have signed on so far.

IMPD already has a gun intelligence center devoted to tracing crime guns, but Zionsville Police Chief Michael Spears says crime and guns don’t stop at the county line. While departments cooperate on investigations which cross those lines, he says having a structure in place will help make those investigations smoother.