Biden administration announces ‘zero tolerance’ for gun dealers in push against violent crime

Biden administration announces 'zero tolerance' for gun dealers in push against violent crime

White House may renew push for gun control amid rising crime 00:00 00:0010:05GO LIVE Facebook Twitter Email Embed SpeedNormal Autoplay The Biden administration on Wednesday announced "zero tolerance" for gun dealers who willfully violate the law, as part of the administration’s strategy to combat what the Department of Justice calls a " staggering " surge in violent crime. The rollout will be highlighted by closely watched remarks by Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland Wednesday afternoon. DOJ ACKNOWLEDGES ‘STAGGERING’ RISE IN VIOLENT CRIME AS IT ROLLS OUT EFFORT TARGETING GUN TRAFFICKING The "zero tolerance" policy targets federally licensed firearms dealers who "willfully" transfer a weapon to someone prohibited from owning one or ignore a tracing request from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The ATF would seek to revoke the dealer’s license after the first offense, a senior White House official said. The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it is launching "strike forces" to target gun traffickers and to provide more transparency around the enforcement of federally licensed firearms dealer policies. Biden also plans to discuss how $350 billion of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package can be used by cities to hire law enforcement officers, pay overtime, prosecute gun traffickers and invest in technology to make law enforcement more efficient. The officials said the Biden administration hoped cities would choose to use the money for alternatives to policing, too, and to invest in community policing models. The administration has also taken aim at "ghost […]

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