President Biden will announce Wednesday new strategies to prevent and respond to gun violence, according to senior administration officials.
Why it matters: The pandemic has led to increased gun violence, with the U.S. witnessing mass shootings on a weekly basis this year, per the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive. Homicides jumped 30% in large cities in 2020, officials said.
- Biden called gun violence in the U.S. an "epidemic" and "international embarrassment" in April.
What's happening: The administration will implement a new policy to revoke licenses from dealers the first time they violate federal law, barring extraordinary circumstances. It will also:
- Set aside $350 billion from the American Rescue Plan in state and local funding to advance community policing strategies, such as investing in new technologies and bolstering prosecutions of gun traffickers.
- Launch a collaborative comprised of 15 different jurisdictions that will invest their federal funds into community violence intervention programs.
- Expand resources for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives resources designate a point of contact in every field division so mayors, police or other local leaders can report concerns about specific dealers' compliance with the law.
- Launch five multi-jurisdictional firearms trafficking strike forces to stem the flow of guns between cities and states.
- Expand summer programs, employment opportunities and other services for young people so they are "productively engaged" and less likely to commit crime.
- Help formerly incarcerated people successfully reenter their communities and transition to employment, which will include housing assistance and the appointment of a formerly incarcerated person to a DOJ role focused on reentry issues.
Of note: Officials emphasized that "no one size fits all" and said states and cities should invest in the tools that make sense for their communities.
Be smart: The package for policing strategies could put Biden at odds with Black Lives Matter activists who have called for defunding police.
The big picture: The new set of initiatives follow Biden's initial executive actions, which were announced in April after weeks of high-profile mass shootings.