[State of the Union Address]

The President's National Gun Enforcement Initiative

The President's $280 million National Gun Enforcement Initiative is the largest national gun enforcement initiative in history, and would help continue our progress to dramatically reduce gun crime in communities across the nation.

The initiative specifically includes:

  • 500 new ATF agents and inspectors: The President's initiative includes the largest increase ever in Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agents and inspectors. These new agents will crack down on violent gun criminals and illegal gun traffickers at gun shows, gun stores and on the streets. And more firearms inspectors will target unscrupulous gun dealers who supply firearms to criminals and juveniles.
  • Over 1,000 new federal, state and local gun prosecutors: The proposal will fund 1,000 new state and local prosecutors to combat gun crime and violence, 100 new federal gun prosecutors, and new gun enforcement teams to coordinate efforts with local law enforcement to remove gun criminals from our communities and put them behind bars.
  • Comprehensive crime gun tracing: To move toward tracing every gun used in a crime (or "crime gun") in America, 250 local law enforcement agencies will receive training and tracing equipment to facilitate comprehensive tracing, and the Administration's Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative (YCGII) will be expanded from 38 to 50 cities across the country.
  • New National Integrated Ballistics Information Network: The President's initiative will triple current funding for ballistics testing programs to launch the first-ever national ballistics network -- to support the deployment of 150 ballistics imaging units to law enforcement, helping to link bullets and shell casings to the criminal guns they were fired from.
  • Local anti-gun violence media campaigns: To help communities send a strong message to combat gun crime and violence, the initiative funds matching grants to support local media campaigns highlighting penalties for breaking gun laws, proper storage of firearms and preventing child access.


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