Eric Adams says he’s bringing his anti-gun campaign into the national spotlight


Mayor Eric Adams on Friday promised he would expand his campaign against gun violence nationally during a news conference with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in the Windy City, which has been hit hard by a spate of killings and shootings.

“We need help from Washington, DC. We need to increase the ATF’s staff [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] appropriate. We need to share information. We need to focus on the illegal arms manufacturers that produce these weapons that proliferate our cities,” Hizzoner told reporters there. “I will visit all my mayors in this country who understand.”

Adams later added that he’ll be “travelling across the country and seeing what other people are doing” when it comes to tackling gang and gang armed force.

The trip arrives at his NYPD the same week finally the first rolled out Plainclothes police units targeting gun and gang violence, an important but much-delayed part of Adams’ plan to fight violence here.

In 2021, there were 488 homicides in the five counties, 53 percent more than the 319 reported in 2019 before the pandemic.

But that’s just a fraction of the 800+ murders reported in Chicago in 2021. Eric Adams says he’s bringing his anti-gun campaign into the national spotlight


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