ATF to join NYPD in fighting New York City gun crimes (VIDEO)

In an unprecedented move, federal law enforcement is joining  the New York Police Department in the effort to get gun crimes under control.

“Operation Trigger Lock” is collective decision made by the federal government, the NYPD, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Those agencies are mounting a first-ever anti-gun initiative in high-crime areas that will likely result in an increase in federal arrests.

AFT agent Charles Mulham told CBS 2 that authorities will likely try to charge those who commit violent gun crimes with federal laws, which have a more severe punishment, and they’ll also trace the guns back from where they came from — often other states.

“Of course, when the ATF gets involved with our resources and our tracing expertise, we’ll be able to figure out if weapon is part of an interstate trafficking operation,” Mulham said.

With the increase in gun violence this summer, many more local shooting cases will be reviewed for possible prosecution in federal court.

[ CBS2 ]