Feds launch gun trafficking strike force for NYC
Anti-gun trafficking units directed by the Justice Department formally launched in New York and four other cities on Thursday, as officials work to combat a pandemic wave of shootings that has unnerved the nation.
The creation of the firearm-focused force arrives in the same month that Gov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency on gun violence and Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams sealed a victory in the city’s Democratic mayoral primary after making guns the focus of his campaign.
The Justice Department said its cross-jurisdictional teams would work to plug pipelines that funnel illegal weapons into New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
About three-quarters of guns used in crimes in New York State come from across state lines, according to the governor’s office.
There is no federal law against gun trafficking on the books, and the new plan — first announced last month — represents the latest in a line of seemingly toothless federal efforts to freeze the flow of firearms. Officials promised the new force will bolster coordination across different localities.
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