Weapons Prosecutions Continue to Climb in 2018
(27 Aug 2018) According to the latest case-by-case information covering the first ten months of FY 2018, new federal weapons prosecutions are up 22.5 percent over the same period a year ago. A total of 8,403 weapons prosecutions were filed by federal prosecutors between October 2017 and July 2018 according to analyses of internal government records by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. If this pace continues for the remaining two months of FY 2018, federal weapons prosecutions will top 10,000 this year.

This is the fourth year in a row where federal weapons prosecutions rose. The pace of increase also appears to be quickening. Weapons prosecutions are currently 41.3 percent higher than they were just five years ago. However, numbers are still below the peak reached during FY 2004. After 2004, weapons prosecutions slowly declined over the next decade. Since 2014 they have begun to build back to approach their previous highs.

During FY 2018 the Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis) led the nation with roughly seven times the national average for weapons prosecutions relative to its population size. The Southern District of Alabama (Mobile) with almost six times the national average was in second place. The third most active district was the Western District of Tennessee (Memphis) with five times the average rate for the nation. To view the full report, including details on the lead investigate agencies involved in these prosecutions as well as the lead charges brought, go to:

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