The Department of Justice is launching an anti-gun initiative to help reduce the increase in gun violence across the country by examining gun trafficking, according to reports.
Attorney General Merrick Garland will travel to Chicago on Thursday to help promote the agency’s efforts. The initiative will also launch in Los Angeles, New York, the San Francisco Bay area and Washington, DC, according to CNN.
The cities are reportedly known as areas where illegal guns are trafficked and used for crimes.
“We obviously always want to go after the individual who is pulling the trigger that’s costing lives in our communities, but we also need to go after the networks, the very illegal trafficking networks that are putting those guns in the hands of those criminals in the first place,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco told CNN.
The Justice Department wants federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to work together to obstruct trafficking networks from where the guns are coming from.
“The Department of Justice will use all of its tools— enforcement, prevention, intervention, and investment— to help ensure the safety of our communities— the department’s highest priority,” Garland said in a statement.