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Morgani Sentenced for Violating the Federal Gun Control Act

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – MICHAEL MORGANI, age 33, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced by United States District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman on September 23, 2020 for a conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser.

According to court paperwork, MORGANI purchased two Extar semi-automatic pistols from an individual who he met on the Northshore.  MORGANI brought them to a body shop in New Orleans, where they were later recovered by the New Orleans Police Department during the execution of a search warrant.  MORGANI was prohibited from possessing firearms because of a prior felony conviction from Jefferson Parish for possession of heroin.

United States District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman sentenced MORGANI to (30) thirty months in the Bureau of Prisons to be followed by three years of supervised release.  Additionally, MORGANI is required to pay a $100.00 special assessment fee.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.  Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities.  The United States Attorney’s Office has prosecuted this case with support from the following Project Guardian partners: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.   For more information about Project Guardian, please see

This case was investigated by the New Orleans Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney David Haller.

Updated September 24, 2020

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