There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Charging Criminals for a Change

By CTD Blogger published on in Legal, News

There’s a new sheriff in town and criminals are increasingly finding out what that means. President Trump issued a directive, which seemed novel to some, and common sense to most lawful gun owners. According to a recently released memo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department was directed to focus on getting illegal guns, and those who possessed them, off the streets.

The result? Well, according to the memo released by the Justice Department, during April, May, and June of 2017, federal prosecutions for unlawful possession of a firearm were 23 percent higher than the same period last year.

DOJ Cracking down on unlawful gun possession graph

Common sense gun control? Targeting the criminals instead of the law abiding citizens? You make the call.

Federal prosecutors brought unlawful possession charges against 2,637 people (during the months previously mentioned), mostly convicted felons, according to the Justice Department. During the same period in 2016, prosecutors working in the Obama administration charged 2,149 people. There was also a 10 percent increase in the number of prosecutions for using a firearm in a crime of violence or drug trafficking.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that “Following President Trump’s Executive Order to focus on reducing crime, I directed federal prosecutors to prioritize taking illegal guns off of our streets, and as a result, we are now prosecuting hundreds more firearms defendants.” As Mr. Sessions’ statement noted, the prosecutions send “a clear message to criminals all over this country that if you carry a gun illegally, you will be held accountable.”

According to the statement, the second quarter figures are part of a significant trend in prosecutions:

Based on data from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA), in Fiscal Year 2016 (starting October 1), 11,656 defendants were charged with firearms offenses under 18 U.S.C. 922 or 924. EOUSA projects that in Fiscal Year 2017, the Department is on pace to charge 12,626 defendants with these firearms crimes. That would be the most federal firearms cases since 2005. It would also be an increase of eight percent from Fiscal Year 2016, 20 percent from 2015, and an increase of 23 percent from 2014.

Do you support President Trump’s order to target illegal guns and the criminals? Do you think it will make a difference? Share your answers in the comment section.

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Comments (32)

  • fair

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    Where in the Constitution does it say, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed, except for felons, misfits, cross-eyed monsters, dimwits, cowboys and felons, knife toters and those who wear sandals?”

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    • Silvestre V Miranda

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      Best prison sentence by far is hard labor, like farming-up at 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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    • Force Recon Marine

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      You are absolutely correct there are “NO CAVEATS” contained in the 2nd amendment!!!

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  • Edward

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    Florida adds extra prison time for crime with a gun, and has for a long time — but I can’t point to that making a difference.

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  • V Clark

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    Charges may be filed but the it is the conviction that counts. Cops arrest the law breakers but the courts turn them loose to commit crimes time and again. I am glad they are starting to enforce the laws but it is only the beginning.

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    • Force Recon Marine

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      Perhaps with Trump appointing m ore conservative judges that might change. Unfortunately not overnight but change ( not Obozo’s) change will come

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  • Mike in Flag

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    Not nearly enough of a difference to quote the statistic. There should be a 10 fold improvement over the Obama administration.

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  • dprato

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    Nice to have a President for a change who enforces the law rather than breaking it for 8 years as Obama did. These efforts should be particularly appreciated by those who live in the inner city and are terrorized on a regular basis by criminals. I hope they remember this when it comes time to vote and instead of voting for Democrats who have been giving them lip service for years they vote for a President who want see them get their 2nd Amendment Rights back so they can defend themselves.

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  • Murphy

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    This would sound all fine and dandy if it were about prosecuting them for stolen weapons. But I don’t think they should just all the focus on guns. The the law should evenly be dispersed. I’d hate you hear that there were open carry violations or sbr violations in that new stat. To me gun theft is the issue and I really don’t care who has what at the end of the day as long as it wasn’t stolen. Background checks is probably the main reason we have gun theft at the level it is. Society isn’t that crazy and I think people can protect themselves pretty well

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    • So. Cal Gunner

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      Some common sense *security* would go a long way too. It’s all well and good to support the 2nd Ammendment, the NRA, or whoever, but advertising it in the form of NRA/2E bumper stickers on your car and/or “Don’t Tread On Me” flags flying in your front yard (or something similar) means one is outright telling criminal scum, “Hey! I own guns! Stake out my home until I am not there, and then STEAL all of my guns!”

      Gang members and drug traffickers need to be hammered with stiffer sentences, and not be eligible for early release programs of any kind. Better still, they should be declared domestic terrorist organizations and dealt with accordingly. Chicago, Washington D.C.,and L.A. (which is right in my own back yard) would be better places to live in/travel through.

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    • Force Recon Marine

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      what we have is a terminal case of Lieberalism!! Far too may crimes committed because people want the easy way out and so they turn to crime lying thievery etc. That and no real penalty for said actions again because Lieberal penchant for not caring for the law

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  • MSq'dI

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    Probably doesn’t have to look far for his inspiration! Considering his “Inspiration” has been Staring Back at him in the Bathroom Mirror for the last 71 years!

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  • Bob

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    I take issue with the premise that the real problem is illegally carrying or posessing a firearm. This demonized firearms, and is just another unnecessary form of gun conttol. Prosecute and punish the crime committed with the firearm, not the mere presence of a firearm. If you deem citizen x, y or x to be unsafe in our society, keep him locked up.

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    • G-Man

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      Bob,

      I think you’ve got it all backwards. In the majority of these removals, the perpetrator that committed the original crime has already previously been “prosecuted and punished [for] the crime committed”.

      Thereafter, as a condition of their prosecution, part of their punishment is that they are to be stripped of the right to bear arms and ability to vote, along with the removal of other rights that are otherwise guaranteed to be protected and reserved for non-criminal citizens.

      However, many of these prosecuted felons flagrantly disregard their punishments and choose to carry firearms anyway. In these cases, the act of simply carrying a firearm or merely possessing one in their home or vehicle is unlawful for them – whether they use the firearm in a new crime or not.

      Therefore, it is these particular prior felons and their unlawfully possessed firearms that the President crafted a memo, in order to re-focus and renew federal law enforcement efforts to rightfully target and pursue these types of criminals and remove their firearms.

      In conclusion, I must point out that only you appear to believe this presidential memo has somehow formed the “premise that the real problem is illegally carrying or possessing [sic] a firearm”. No one else has stated as much.

      So again, these are offenders that have ALREADY been convicted for their crimes and are now being sought after for violating the conditions of their punishment – which just happens to be unlawfully possessing firearms.

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    • Mahatma Muhjesbude

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      agree, Bob. Tbis is just another police state ploy to create the illusion that they are fighting crime where it can’t be fought. It shouldn’t be gun control and determining ‘who should have a gun’ coincidental to the crime. This, is essentially opening the door to universal gun control by focusing on the weapon, not the person’s behavior. It Can’t be the mentality that ‘some people shouldn’t have a gun’, because not only can that never be a positive ongoing condition, but it opens the door to abuse and the slippery slope of totalitarianism because Everybody, at one point or another in life, ;shouldn’t be around any potentially dangerous objectds.

      If the person themselves is a cronic criminal and imminently dangerous to the public, then HE should be banned from the public for however ling it takes to be rehabilitated. NOT the firearm.

      Because just the fact that a vehicle or some other readily available ‘means’ in society can easily do as much carnage as a firearm, but is not prohibited to possess reveals the true underlying eventuality of ALL encompassing agenda behind so-called criminal gun possession laws. which will sooner or later include all so called law abiding citizens after the eventually make enough laws to make virtually everyone in cdriminal violation of something, and then finally achieve their total disarmament agenda.

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  • Auggie Will

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    It’s a start and for a change, its good to hear those lawful gun owners are not the problem.

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  • Alan

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    Any sensible person be they a gun owner or not has to agree that the President’s action and the Attorney General’s follow through are welcomed without criticism.
    NOW, if they enforce all federal laws and lean on states that don’t enforce federal and their own laws the country will be so much better off.

    Too many criminals have no fear of wimpy prison terms let alone a slap on the wrist and a “naughty boy” comment from those weird left wing judges.

    My family left Mexifornia after 40 years of reasonable enjoyment excepting the last 10 of those years. TN is the place to go people.

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