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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


ATF News
For Immediate Release:
FY00-12
Contact: Bill Kinsella
(202) 927-8500
May
23 , 2000

ATF
TEACHES FIREARMS TRAFFICKING TECHNIQUES TO POLICE AND PROSECUTORS

ARLINGTON,VA
- May 23,2000, Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, Attorney General Janet
Reno will be in attendance for the beginning of the joint Treasury and
DOJ Firearms Trafficking conference. Over 150 law enforcement officers,
prosecutors and ATF agents from 33 cities across the country will take
part in the three-day conference. This conference will also be attended
by Deputy Treasury Secretary Stuart Eizenstat, ATF Deputy Director Patrick
Hynes, Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder, and Mary Murguia from the
Executive Office of the U.S. Attorneys' office.

The
conference will address the needs of communities who are experiencing
firearms related violence--one of this Nation's primary concerns. From
years of studying firearms traffickers ATF has learned that the most effective
interdiction comes from "networking" of investigators and prosecutors
in source areas (where guns are prevalent) and market areas (where criminal
demand is high)--"opposite ends of the gun pipeline."


The fact that illegal firearms trafficking often exceeds the jurisdictional
boundaries of State, local, and Federal agencies necessitates this comprehensive
training program. The conference will bring officers and prosecutors from
the same geographical area together to study firearms trafficking techniques,
as well as learn what other departments are utilizing to combat the problem.
This will enable teams of investigators and prosecutors to establish "networks"
with other cities to compare notes of similar firearms trafficking scenarios.
ATF Director Bradley Buckles stated "this report demonstrates the effectiveness
of State and local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors joining ATF
in following the crime gun to the gun's illegal supplier".

Topics
addressed at the conference include firearms trafficking theory, firearms
tracing, prosecution strategies, common firearms trafficking schemes,
and task force operations.