Chicago is getting seven more ATF agents to help quell an outbreak violence, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The decision was made recently by Attorney General Eric Holder, who had met with the Chicago mayor.
The Windy City now has 52 ATF agents.
“They wanted to bring more resources to Chicago to combat some of the gun violence that’s taking place here,” said ATF spokesman Tom Ahern.
“Initially we’ll have four starting out here on the 21st of the month, then we have more coming down the road,” Ahern said.
The decision comes after a bloody Fourth of July weekend in which 13 people were killed and 58 wounded in Chicago.
Ahern said the help is desperately needed.
“We welcome the new agents. We can always use more manpower,” Ahern said. “The ATF’s primary focus is firearms trafficking and stemming the flow of illegal guns into Chicago.”
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