Smith Announces Gun Programs, Pro-Gun People Protest

ALBANY—State Senate Democrats just held an outdoor press conference to announce $4 million in the state budget will fund anti-gun violence initiatives, dubbed “Operation SNUG.”
The funds will be made available through the Department of Criminal Justice Services on a request basis, but are not specifically earmarked. Smith, joined by several members of his conference as well as law enforcement officials and community activists, said that the funds will be a “down payment” for programs similar to Chicago’s Project Cease Fire. The idea is to fund violence prevention—everything from after-school programs to the hiring of ex-offenders as “intervention counselors”—rather than sending money to more traditional law enforcement programs.

Smith Announces Gun Programs, Pro-Gun People Protest