Project Safe Neighborhoods is a collaborative effort to prevent and deter gun and gang crime, and to prosecute those individuals who most significantly drive violence in our communities. In Western Pennsylvania, Project Safe Neighborhoods works to strengthen partnerships among all levels of law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and community organizations, to increase awareness of the problem and to develop solutions for achieving the goal of creating safer communities.
Increased enforcement of federal firearms laws in an important part of Western Pennsylvania’s PSN strategy. Federal law prohibits any person who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term exceeding one year from possessing any firearm. Federal law also prohibits anyone who is an illegal alien, or who is an unlawful users of or addicted to a controlled substance, or who is subject to an active Protection from Abuse order, from using or possessing a firearm. Further, federal law provides for enhanced penalties for those who use or possess a firearm during or in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking.
Reporting illegal firearms activity is one of the most important actions citizens can take to make our neighborhoods safer. You can report illegal firearms activity to local police or ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS. This toll-free number allows callers to anonymously report gun crime 24 hours a day, seven days a week.