Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who presently serves as the Senate Majority Leader, has recently called for a minimum of $1.5B in federal funding for New York’s interstate task force, which was designed to remove illegal weapons from the streets. As reported by the New York Post, the request for $1.5B is in addition to significant federal funds already allocated to the federal “gun task” force.
On Sunday, Schumer proclaimed that the Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns can only function effectively with substantive assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the federal government. Per the Senate Majority Leader, the federal agencies are equipped with the necessary resources to “choke off crime,” according to the New York Post.
In a pithy quote for reporters in Manhattan, Schumer commented that the “ABCs” of eliminating omnipresent gun violence are dependent upon “three federal letters: A, T, and F.”
For this reason, Schumer is eager to have federal funds allocated to New York’s interstate gun task force, which has been spearheaded by New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who assumed office after former Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace.
Schumer noted that he is currently demanding $1.5B in federal funding for the interstate task force so that the government “can help with this work and do much more at the national level.”
“Without the $1.5 billion … these plans will not have their full impact,” Schumer brayed.
“We need full impact to address the flow of these crime guns in our communities and across our state,” the long-serving politician pompously proclaimed.
According to Schumer, the “full impact” of the interstate task gun force includes an array of activities, such as intel gathering, crime gun tracing, and data sharing, which are part of the alleged plans for “[beating] back illegal guns” and arms traffickers. The Senate Majority leader insists that the fight against crime “must be fueled by federal funding,” specifically the ATF.
“That’s why I’m working for $1.5B in federal funds for ATF,” Schumer declared.
Earlier this month, public officials remarked that the task force, which had been created by Hochul’s office in conjunction with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and New York City (NYC) Mayor Eric Adams, intends to organize with law enforcement officers across the state in order to “share intelligence and strategies” to cease the illegal trafficking of guns.
The task force will also work alongside nearby states, including New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Ohio, to ascertain the origins of illegally procured guns.