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Project Safe Neighborhoods

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Project Safe Neighborhoods is an initiative that establishes a program for reducing gun violence in the Western District of Louisiana. Building upon the success of Operation Ceasefire, Project Safe Neighborhood develops a more comprehensive, multifaceted strategy, designed to focus on those persons committing violent offenses with the use of firearms, the firearms they employ, and the communities that have fallen prey to gun violence. The program consists of five core elements: partnerships, strategic planning, training, accountability and outreach.

The community outreach component will continue to build upon established collaborative efforts and partnerships in order to deliver our anti-gun, anti-violence message to both the community at large as well as to the offenders that commit firearms-related crimes in our District.

Primary Federal Firearms Statutes



18 USC Section 924 (c)(1) Using, carrying, possessing, or brandishing a firearm during, in relation or in furtherance of a violent or drug trafficking offense, prosecuted in a Federal Court
18 USC Section 922(g) (1) Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, which is defined as a person: convicted of a crime punishable by a term exceeding one year
(2) who is a fugitive from justice
(3) who is a drug addict
(4) who has been committed to a mental institution
(5) who is an alien unlawfully in the United States
(6) who has been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces
(7) who is a citizen who has renounced citizenship
(8)who is subject to a "qualified" domestic relations restraining order
(9) who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence
18 USC Section 922 (d) Providing a firearm or ammunition knowing the transferee is a prohibited person
18 USC Section 924 (a)(1)(A) Knowingly making a false statement to a licensed firearms dealer
18 USC Section 1001 or 922(m) Failure of a licensed firearms dealer to maintain required records
18 USC Section 922 (j) Knowing possession of a stolen firearm
18 USC Section 922 (k) Possession of a firearm with an oblitereated serial number
18 USC Section 922 (o) Possession of a machine gun
18 USC Section 922 (v) Transfer of a handgun or handgun ammunition to a juvenile
18 USC Section 922 (u) Theft of a firearm from a licensed dealers inventory

Illegal Federal Firearms Include:
Machine guns
A stolen firearm
A firearm with an oblitereated serial number
A firearm unlawfully imported into the United States
A firearm which is not detectable by a walk through metal detector
A shotgun with a barrel length less than 18 inches or the overall length is less than 26 inches
A rifle with a barrel length less than 16 inches or the overall legth is less than 26 inches
A silencer or destructive device 

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Updated June 7, 2021