Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime and providing those programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. The United States Attorneys in the 94 federal judicial districts are leading this effort across the nation.
The United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of West Virginia, has responded to the national PSN effort by developing “Hard Time for Gun Crime,” a community-based initiative to reduce and prevent gun violence throughout Southern West Virginia. “Hard Time for Gun Crime” is bringing together the following groups to reduce and prevent violent gun crime in the 23 West Virginia counties of the Southern District of West Virginia:
- Law enforcement officers
- Local governments
- Neighborhood associations
- Social service agencies
- Concerned citizens
- Community & religious leaders
- Businesses and schools
Is Gun Crime a Problem in our Communities?
Yes. In 2002, more than 1,000 firearm offenses occurred in the 23 West Virginia counties comprising the Southern District of West Virginia. In addition, an alarming number of teenagers indicate that they know someone who has brought a gun to school.
Did You Know?
It is a federal crime for a gun to be possessed by the following people (even in cases of recreational hunting):
- A convicted felon
- An illegal drug user or addict
- An illegal alien
- A dishonorably discharged military member
- Anyone convicted of domestic violence
- A fugitive
- Anyone under indictment
- Anyone subject to a final protection order
- Anyone adjudicated mentally defective
- Anyone engaged in a federal crime of violence or a drug crime
What you can do as an individual:
- If you suspect someone is in possession of an illegal gun, report it to your local or state police or ATF.
- If you suspect someone has a gun but is barred by law from having one (for example, someone who has been convicted of a crime), report it to those same authorities.
- Support your police and prosecutors.
- Store weapons in your home securely, separating ammunition from weapons.
- Educate your children about safe and proper ways to handle firearms.
For more information, please use the following resources:
United States Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia
300 Virginia Street, East
Charleston, WV 25301
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)