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Project Guardian is a national Department of Justice initiative announced in November 2019 designed to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws across the country.  In the Northern District of Georgia, Project Guardian-related work includes the prosecution of violent repeat offenders in possession of firearms, including those with a history of domestic violence; the prosecution of domestic/international firearms trafficking violations; and education and outreach surrounding federal firearms laws.   

October 14, 2020 Domestic Violence & Firearms Community Forum

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to leveraging applicable federal laws to protect victims of domestic violence and to hold offenders accountable, especially when their conduct is beyond the reach of state law. Our office is also committed to serving as a resource to promote better understanding of these laws and to collaborating with community members, law enforcement, and prosecuting authorities to find ways to maximize the utility of these laws and make our communities safer.  

Resources and News Related to Domestic Violence and Firearms

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Domestic Violence Statistics in Georgia, including Firearm-Related Statistics:

DeKalb County’s Innovative Firearm Surrender Program: Leveraging Federal Firearms Laws to Save Lives 
Learn about DeKalb County’s nationally-recognized firearm surrender program for defendants convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence. 

Resources and best practices for law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates and courts navigating the intersection of domestic violence and firearms: 

If you or someone you know is being abused, there are community and statewide resources available to you. Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline for a confidential place to get help and find resources. 1-800-33-HAVEN/1-800-334-2836

Additional resources for victims of domestic violence in Georgia are also available online:
Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Get Help

Resources and News Related to Firearms Trafficking and "Straw Purchasing"

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  • It is a felony, punishable by up to 10-years of imprisonment, to purchase a firearm for another person, knowing that person cannot lawfully possess a firearm, or to transfer a firearm to another person, knowing the person cannot lawfully possess a firearm. See e.g. Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(d).
    • Don’t Lie for the Other Guy:  A joint initiative of the ATF and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) aimed at raising awareness of and deterring the illegal purchase of a firearm by one person for another, known as “straw purchasing.”


Convicted Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison for Trafficking Firearms

Firearms Trafficker Attempts to Smuggle Guns to Haiti

Former Hospital Director of Security Pleads Guilty to Buying Firearms with Hospital Funds and Selling the Guns for Profit

Final Member of Federal Firearms Dealer Burglary Crew Convicted Following a Jury Trial 



Updated October 1, 2020