State and federal leaders discuss cracking down on gun trafficking
Even with some of the strictest gun laws in America, police in Connecticut say they are seeing more kids with multiple guns.
Two years ago, federal agencies recovered 786 guns in Connecticut - 58% of those were from out of state.
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim joined Sen. Chris Murphy and other state leaders Monday to discuss a crackdown on gun trafficking.
"People that are intentionally selling illegal weapons, putting them on the streets in places like Bridgeport and they're having a devastating impact on our communities," said Ganim.
"Guns are just way too readily available. Illegal guns are way too easy to get your hands on," said Murphy.
Congress put pen to paper to pass the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act in June, which Murphy authored. Murphy says provisions in the legislation give law enforcement much-needed tools to prosecute gun traffickers.
"This federal legislation puts real dollars between a cohesive, I'd like to think seamless, net on tracing gun trafficking," said Ganim.
"Manpower is down but we know that we have very committed officers in the city of Bridgeport Police Department. They've been able to work hard and work together," said acting Bridgeport Police Chief Rebeca Garcia.
Murphy says he's also pushing to get customs agents to crack down on more gun trafficking at the border.
The president announced Monday more than $300 million in new mental health funding, much of that money coming from the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.