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Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images

President Biden on Wednesday will announce new strategies to prevent and respond to gun violence, according to senior administration officials.

Why it matters: Officials say the pandemic has seen a surge in gun violence, with the U.S. witnessing mass shootings on a weekly basis this year, per the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive. Homicides jumped 30% in large cities in 2020, officials said.

What's happening: The administration will implement a new policy to revoke licenses from dealers the first time they violate federal law, barring extraordinary circumstances. It will also:

  • Set aside $350 billion from the American Rescue Plan in state and local funding to advance community policing strategies, such as investing in new technologies and bolstering prosecutions of gun traffickers.
  • Launch a collaborative comprised of 15 different jurisdictions that will invest their federal funds into community violence intervention programs.
  • Expand resources for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives resources designate a point of contact in every field division so mayors, police or other local leaders can report concerns about specific dealers' compliance with the law.
  • Launch five multi-jurisdictional firearms trafficking strike forces to stem the flow of guns between cities and states.
  • Expand summer programs, employment opportunities and other services for young people so they are "productively engaged" and less likely to commit crime.
  • Help formerly incarcerated people successfully reenter their communities and transition to employment, which will include housing assistance and the appointment of a formerly incarcerated person to a DOJ role focused on reentry issues.

Between the lines: Officials emphasized that "no one size fits all" and said states and cities should invest in the tools that make sense for their communities.

Be smart: The package for policing strategies could put Biden at odds with Black Lives Matter activists who have called for defunding police.

The big picture: The new set of initiatives follow Biden's initial executive actions, which were announced in April after weeks of high-profile mass shootings.

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DOJ launches effort to combat gun trafficking

Guns are displayed on a table during a gun buy-back event in Staten Island on April 24, 2021. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Department of Justice announced Tuesday its plan to combat illegal gun trafficking in five U.S. cities by creating a new firearms trafficking strike force.

The big picture: The announcement comes as President Biden is expected to discuss a broader crime-fighting strategy Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The Democrats' wake-up call

Eric Adams, a former cop who leads the New York mayoral race, speaks last night at the Schimanski nightclub in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

Democrats, in private and public, are warning that rising crime — and the old and new progressive calls to defund the police — represent the single biggest threat to their electoral chances in 2022.

Why it matters: There has been a big spike in big-city crime, a dynamic increasingly captured in local coverage and nationally on CNN and Fox News.

Jun 23, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

What's driving Torry Nelson's longshot bid to become St. Pete mayor

A screenshot from the mayoral debate. Photo: YouTube, via Bay News 9 and the Tampa Bay Times

Torry Nelson admits he's made mistakes, and that's why he wants to be mayor of St. Pete.

State of play: "I don't have a squeaky clean background," he said during Tuesday's mayoral debate.

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