Sen. leader Schumer is looking to get his hands on $1.5 billion to combat “scourge of gun violence”

Sen. Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) made a massive gun control push over the weekend.

The New York Post reports Schumer as calling for the federal government to hand a minimum of $1.5 billion over to New York and other states in an effort to get illegal guns off of the streets. 

“Beating back the scourge of gun violence”

Schumer is specifically calling for the federal government to allocate the money to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

“The ABCs of beating back the scourge of gun violence depends on three federal letters: A, T, and F,” Schumer said at a press conference that he held in Manhatten on Sunday.

Schumer wants the money to go to the ATF in order to support a recent task force created by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), called the Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns.

“I am pushing for $1.5 billion dollars in federal funds for the agency, so they can help with this work and do much more at the national level,” Schumer said.

He added, “without the $1.5 billion . .  these plans will not have their full impact, and we need full impact to address the flow of these crime guns in our communities and across our state.”

Background

Hochul created the Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns following the recent killings of New York Police Department (NYPD) officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora. The two were shot and killed with a stolen firearm on January 21, 2022.

The task force, which already has representation from over 50 groups across New York and nearby states, is meant to address this kind of situation. Its goal, according to the Post, is “to take on gun trafficking and traffickers by jamming the pipeline, and the group will focus resources on data-sharing, crime gun tracing, and intel gathering.

According to Schumer, though, the task force will only be able to achieve its goal if it has the necessary resources to “choke off crime.”

This, says Schumer, is where the $1.5 billion to the ATF comes in.

Schumer is expected to hold negotiations in the Senate in order to try to secure this $1.5 billion this week.

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