NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – After a failed bid for Congress, a former Delaware County State Representative has landed on his feet as the new head of a unit designed to reduce gun violence on the streets of the Philadelphia region.

Bryan Lentz takes over the regional gun violence task force, a joint effort between the Philadelphia District Attorney and the state Attorney General. Since the unit began more than four years ago, the task force has made over 50 arrests and seized more than 1,000 weapons.

Lentz spent six years prosecuting gun cases in Philadelphia before becoming a lawmaker and plans to aggressively tackle the gun violence issue:

“I have assistants assigned to the unit, but I’m a big believer in leading by example so I will go into the courtroom myself.”

The unit, which focuses on illegal gun trafficking, straw purchases, and crimes involving guns is funded by the state. Lentz says one of his challenges will be to maximize the resources they have to effectively reduce gun crimes.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio

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