More than 300 charged with federal gun crimes in N.J. over last year, feds say

More than 300 charged with federal gun crimes in N.J. over last year, feds say

More than 300 individuals have been charged by federal authorities with firearm-related offenses in New Jersey over the last year, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced . In an update on Project Guardian, a Department of Justice initiative started in November 2019 that emphasized prosecuting and combatting gun crimes, U.S. Attorney of New Jersey Craig Carpenito said Tuesday that 342 defendants have been charged in New Jersey with gun crimes during fiscal year 2020 “despite the challenges of COVID 19 and its impact on the criminal justice process.” Of the 342 charged, 252 were prior convicted felons who were prohibited from possessing firearms, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “When I became U.S. Attorney more than two years ago, I emphasized that our most important job is protecting the public,” Carpenito said in a statement. “Project Guardian is one of the best strategies we have to accomplish that mission." The Department of Justice also announced that nationwide more than 14,200 defendants have been charged with firearms-related crimes during FY2020. Carpenito said federal officials working closely with state and local law enforcement agencies has helped pursue and prosecute individuals who violate firearm laws, but said it has also aided in reducing violence in New Jersey. Violent crime in New Jersey has steadily decreased in recent decades, according to FBI data , with 2019 having the least violent crime in the state since at least 1985. Part of Project Guardian’s focus is preventing and prosecuting gun crimes related to illegally acquiring or […]

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