Congressman Doubts Trump Will Act to End Gun Crime

Posted at 3:10 PM, Jan 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 15:10:00-05

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Democratic Chicago congressman says he doubts Republican President Donald Trump "has any serious intention" of finding a way to end gun crime.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that he will "send in the Feds" if the fatal shootings on Chicago's streets don't stop.

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez said in an emailed statement Wednesday that he doesn't believe the Justice Department, under the direction of the Trump administration, will work with Chicago to address the gap between police and the community. And Gutierrez says he doesn't think Trump will "do anything constructive to get cheap handguns off the streets."

Meanwhile, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the Chicago Police Department is "more than willing to work ... to build on our partnerships" with the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and others.