Gov. Hochul announces update on New York State’s progress combatting gun violence

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ALBANY, NY (WENY)–Tuesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns is making progress combatting gun violence. Hochul said gun violence data reported by police departments participating in the Gun Involved Violence Initiative (GIVE). 

“Our strength is in numbers. The more we build together a team of people working together in real time, the stronger we are against the criminals,” Hochul said.

The Interstate task Force on Illegal Guns includes state police, local law enforcement from across the state, representatives from 13 states and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Gov. Hochul said this task force establishes a coordinated effort to share information and combat the iron pipeline. 

Bryan DiGirolamo, Assistance Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New York Field Division, said sharing federal and local data will help combat gun trafficking in a more efficient manner.

“What we’ve been able to do with these partnerships with the New York State police and the Division of Criminal Justice services is really reduce the time in which we get this data,” DiGirolamo said. 

The Governor also highlighted nearly $36.2 million in this years state budget for law enforcement agencies participating in the Gun Involved Violence Initiative. The initiatives grant cycle through this years budget will run from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024. Agencies will use this funding for personnel, overtime, equipment, and technology. 

Gov. Hochul said while the state has made progress to combat gun violence, there is more work to do. 

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