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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jim Crandall

July 25, 2002

FY 02-15

Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative Expansion For Fiscal Year 2003

Washington, DC - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms (ATF) announces that it has selected 12 additional metropolitan
areas to participate in the Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative (YCGII)
for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2002. These will bring the total
of cities in the program to 66.

ATF established the initiative in 1996 to focus special agent and inspector
resources on reducing youth gun violence. Each participating city agrees
to provide ATF with trace information about each firearm recovered at
their local crime scenes. The subsequent ATF trace uses a firearm's serial
number to track its movement from manufacturer or importer to the retail
purchaser. These comprehensive traces allow ATF to better analyze the
illegal flow of guns into each city, and to lead local law enforcement
to sources of illegal firearms diversion, illegal gun traffickers, and
violent criminals. The data provided by ATF is shared with State and local
law enforcement authorities, who use that access to develop additional
investigative leads and to focus on trends that the YCGII program identifies.

The new participants are:

Norfolk, VA

Macon, GA

Savannah, GA

Providence, RI

Rochester, NY

New Haven-Hartford-Bridgeport, CT

Springfield-W. Springfield-Holyoke, MA

Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

Columbus, OH

E. Chicago, IL-Hammond/Gary, IN

St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN

Jackson, MS

For a complete listing of the other cities participating in YCGII and
the formal Crime Gun Trace Reports based on this joint Federal-local cooperation,
visit the ATF web site at: