Published On: Thu, Jul 22nd, 2021

DOJ Deploying ‘Strike Forces’ in 5 Cities to Fight Illegal Gun Trafficking

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Attorney General Merrick Garland is rolling out five cross-jurisdictional strike forces to disrupt illegal firearms trafficking in key regions across the United States, according to officials. Garland, along with Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, visited Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) headquarters in Washington on July 22 for the official start of the program before traveling to Chicago—one of the five strike-force cities, officials said. “All too often, guns found at crime scenes come from hundreds or even thousands of miles away. We are redoubling our efforts as ATF works with law enforcement to track the movement of illegal firearms used in violent crimes,” Garland said in a statement. “These strike forces enable sustained coordination across multiple jurisdictions to help disrupt the worst gun trafficking corridors.” The effort, which the Department of Justice (DOJ) first announced on June 22, is meant to strengthen enforcement against gun-trafficking networks to disrupt …

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