Biden to meet with local leaders to rev up fight against gun violence

Biden to meet with local leaders to rev up fight against gun violence

WASHINGTON, July 12 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will meet with local law enforcement leaders, elected officials and an expert on community violence intervention at the White House on Monday as he seeks to bolster support for his plans to crack down on gun violence. Biden, who has pledged to push for sweeping changes to firearms laws , last month unveiled measures to stem the flow of firearms used in crimes, building on executive orders signed in April that include a push by the Justice Department to better control self-assembled " ghost guns ." The Democratic president, who has longstanding ties to law enforcement, has also announced steps to hold rogue firearms dealers accountable for violating federal laws and help states hire more police officers using COVID-19 rescue funds. Attorney General Merrick Garland will join Biden in the meeting, which will include Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who recently won the Democratic nomination for New York City mayor, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser and San Jose, California, Mayor Sam Liccardo. Police chiefs from Chicago, Memphis, Tennessee; Wilmington, Delaware; and Newark, New Jersey, will also attend, the White House said. The discussions come amid a jump in violent crimes – with homicides up 30% and gun violence up 8% in 2020 – and mounting concern among gun control activists that Biden has not done more to combat what he calls an "epidemic" of gun violence. Republicans have called the spike in crime evidence of weak Democratic policies, and are […]

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