A New York lawmaker known as on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Thursday to ship extra brokers to Long Island to fight illicit firearm trafficking in Nassau County.
In a letter to ATF Director Steven Dettelbach, Rep. Anthony D’Esposito argued that “skyrocketing crime” on Long Island has overwhelmed native legislation enforcement businesses and left them unable to concentrate on investigating the supply of unlawful weapons flooding New York’s 4th Congressional District.
“Just final 12 months, two people from Georgia have been arrested for trafficking over twenty-five weapons into Nassau County, eleven of which have been discovered on the scene of crimes,” D’Esposito notes in his letter. “This is unacceptable. Gun trafficking into Long Island is detrimental to our communities and we should do every part in our energy to make sure that native legislation enforcement businesses are empowered with the sources and instruments they should hold our communities secure.”
Police in Nassau County seized some 278 unlawful firearms final 12 months, up from at the very least 195 in 2021 and 183 in 2020.
D’Esposito, a former NYPD detective, believes elevated cooperation between the ATF and Nassau County cops – together with having extra federal brokers in Nassau – may also help stem the movement of weapons coming into Long Island.
“It is my understanding that there’s a vital disparity between the variety of ATF officers on Long Island and people in New York City. I’m asking that you simply improve your collaboration with native legislation enforcement businesses to help with investigations and fight gun trafficking,” D’Esposito writes.
The House of Representatives approved D’Esposito’s pro-law enforcement resolution condemning calls to “defund the police” final week in a 268-156 vote that noticed 62 Democrats help the New York pol’s measure.
The decision additionally codified a federal “invoice of rights” for law enforcement officials additionally proposed by D’Esposito.
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