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March 25, 2019

Federal Prosecutors Are Cracking Down on Domestic Abusers Who Keep Guns
By Kerry Shaw

Since she was sworn into office in November 2017, Cox has established one of the most aggressive records in the country for prosecuting domestic abusers who unlawfully keep guns. In fiscal year 2018, Cox prosecuted 23 people with the lead charge of unlawful gun possession despite a prior domestic violence misdemeanor conviction, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse database (TRAC), which compiles information on federal prosecutions. That’s the highest of any district in the country. (Cox said the total “sounded high,” but her office was unable to provide a precise figure. TRAC’s figures were confirmed by several other districts, though its national tally was slightly higher than the one provided by the Justice Department.) Just four years earlier, only 23 people in the entire country were prosecuted under the federal statute banning people convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor from possessing firearms, according to TRAC.

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