Baltimore, Maryland: The U.S. Attorney's Office has indicted 86 gun possession cases in Maryland as of 2020
(STL.News) – The US Attorney's Office has indicted 55 gun possession cases in Baltimore and 31 in Greenbelt in the 2020 calendar year. The office continues to investigate and suspect defendants who illegally possess and use firearms. These gun possession cases are just one component of the district's larger Project Safe Neighborhoods project, which specifically targets violent crimes by combining local, state and federal law enforcement efforts. Community action and resuscitation; and public awareness. The use of federal funds and laws that result in substantial prison terms – in federal prisons far from Maryland, with no parole and no parole – is especially helpful in prosecuting repeat offenders who pose the greatest threat to public safety.
The announcement was made by US attorney Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Timothy Jones, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Baltimore Field Division; Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Michael Harrison; District Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City District Attorney; and Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh.
“Reducing violent crime in Maryland is task one. We are proud of the work we have done so far, despite the challenges that the pandemic brings. In Baltimore, our relentless focus on reducing the gun crime plaguing the city has resulted in more federal gun possession cases this year than all of last year, "said US attorney Robert K. Hur. "We and our partners will continue to focus together on prosecuting the repetitive perpetrators who devastate and terrorize our communities."
"The use of federal charges against those who illegally own firearms or use them to commit a crime has fundamentally changed our efforts to reduce gun violence and successfully prosecute criminals across Maryland," said Timothy Jones, special agent for ATF Baltimore Field Division . “ATF Baltimore Field Division and our partners will continue to aggressively prosecute those who criminally possess or use a firearm in the commission of a crime. We thank the US Attorney General for their continued dedication to ensuring that these unlawful criminals are responsible for their crimes. "
The US Attorney General and our law enforcement partners continue their efforts to combat gun violence by implementing federal laws that prohibit criminals from possessing firearms. These types of reactive gun cases are part of Maryland's Project Safe Neighborhoods ("PSN"), our strategy to reduce violent crime. The US Attorney's Office, through the use of Project Safe Neighborhoods, will continue to prosecute criminals with guns who pose a clear and present threat to the safety and wellbeing of Maryland citizens.
One of the reasons the program's success in Baltimore is the use of Special Assistant US Attorneys (SAUSAs) provided by the Maryland Attorney General and the Baltimore City Attorney General and funded by grants from the Governor & # 39; s Office of Crime Prevention -, youth and victim services. These SAUSAs, which deal almost exclusively with federal gun and violent crime cases, are force multipliers in the fight against violent crime.
The Justice Department announced on October 13, 2020 that it had charged more than 14,200 defendants with firearms-related crimes nationwide in fiscal year 2020, despite the challenges of COVID 19 and its implications for the criminal process. These cases have been a priority in the division since November 2019, when Attorney General William P. Barr announced his commitment to investigating, prosecuting, and combating gun crime as a critical part of the division's strategy to combat violent crime. These firearms-related charges are the result of the critical partnership between United States law firms and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, led by Acting Director Regina Lombardo, to make firearms-related investigations a priority.
"The government's number one priority is the safety of its citizens," said Attorney General Barr. “By preventing firearms from falling into the hands of people who are prohibited from having them, we can stop violent crime before it happens. Violating the Federal Firearms Act is a serious crime, and offenders have dire consequences. The Department of Justice has an obligation to investigate and prosecute people who illegally buy, sell, use, or possess firearms. Reducing gun violence requires a coordinated effort, and we could not have charged more than 14,000 people with firearm-related crimes without the hard work of the dedicated law enforcement officers of the ATF, our US law firms across the country, and especially all of our state and local law enforcement partners . "
"Protecting the public from violent crimes involving firearms is central to ATF's mission," commented Regina Lombardo, acting director of ATF. “Every day, ATF men and women persecute and investigate those who use firearms to commit violent crimes in our communities, many of whom are prohibited from possessing firearms from previous convictions. ATF is working with US law firms across the country to bring these criminals to justice for their horrific and violent crimes. "
Federal law makes it illegal to own a firearm if you fall into one of nine prohibited categories, including a criminal, illegal alien, or unlawful user of a controlled substance. In addition, it is unlawful to possess a firearm to promote a drug trafficking or violent crime. It is also illegal to buy, or even try to buy, firearms illegally if the buyer is a prohibited person or illegally buying a firearm for someone else. Lying on ATF Form 4473, which is used to legitimately purchase a firearm, is also a federal offense. The division is committed to prosecuting these firearms crimes and using all modern technologies available to law enforcement agencies, such as the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), to promote gun crime education. Keeping illegal firearms away from violent criminals will remain a priority for the Justice Department and we will use all appropriate means available to protect the law-abiding people of this country from gun crimes.
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