Justice Department Seeks to Reduce Gun Trafficking

They are concentrating on “significant gun trafficking corridors.”

The Department of Justice is formally launching a new effort to prevent firearms trafficking, a strategy that involves the creation of five strike forces that will partner with local law enforcement to disrupt criminals selling guns used in crimes. The strike forces, which were first announced last month, will be concentrated in “significant gun trafficking corridors” including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Attorney General Merrick Garland stated, “All too often, guns found at crime scenes come from hundreds or even thousands of miles away. We are doubling our efforts as ATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] works  with law enforcement to track the movement of illegal firearms used in violent crimes.”

The plan involves a “long-term, coordinated, multi-jurisdictional strategy” to disrupt trafficking, and differs from prior efforts by establishing “cross-jurisdictional coordination” between the areas that supply the illegal firearms and those where the guns are used to commit crimes.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the new efforts by ATF, the Department of Justice, and local law enforcement groups to curtail gun trafficking.
  • For U.S. prosecutors to be more consistent in enforcing existing laws regarding the illegal use of firearms.
  • For federal, state, and local authorities as solutions to gun violence are considered.

Sources: Reuters, CNN


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