Sen. Kirk obtains federal funding and pushes to outlaw illegal guns

Senator Kirk secured $7.5 million in 2014 and $5 million in 2015 in new federal funds for U. S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force's (GLRFTF) Counter Gang Unit, as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Yesterday, U. S. Senator Kirk, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez spoke about how a new initiative brought about the recent arrest of 461 fugitives, gang members, sex offenders and violent criminals in Illinois that was possible because of $1.7 million of the appropriations funds devoted to just fighting this type of violence on Illinois streets. They also discussed ways to stop the rise of gun violence and the new legislation to decrease the trafficking and transferring of illegal guns into Illinois.

In June 2015 Sen. Kirk secured $18.5 million for 2016 in a funding bill approved by the Senate to fight gangs and reduce gun crimes. The funding allocates $5 million for GLRFTF, $5 million for education and prevention of local community youth programs and $8.5 million for the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program that will help the U. S. Attorney's offices prosecute gun crimes and promote community outreach efforts. On July 14, 2015, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Kirk introduced Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act of 2015; a bill that was also introduced on March 2013 by Rep. Bobby Rush but went nowhere, the bill is aimed at stopping the flow of illegal guns in our nation. Police Superintendent McCarthy stated that this legislation would provide another tool in the police arsenal to take action on the selling and transferring of illegal guns to known criminals.