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Washington Times
December 31, 2017

All sides on gun debate cheer as prosecutions rise for 3rd straight year
By David Sherfinski


Federal weapons prosecutions jumped nearly 11 percent over the last year as the government gets more serious about the one part of the gun debate all sides can agree on: enforcing the laws already on the books. Itís the third straight year of increased prosecutions, countering a decline that began under President George W. Bush and continued in the early years of President Obama. The 8,235 weapons prosecutions in fiscal year 2017 were up from 7,488 a year earlier, according to data collected by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. The three most common charges were for violations of laws prohibiting felons from having a gun, enhanced penalties for the use of a gun during a crime, and unlawful possession of a gun by an illegal immigrant.


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