Two years after the program began, officials have announced that Orange County, Ca., has joined a gun crime prevention program that targets repeat federal offenders. says the Los Angeles Times. Through the federally funded Project FedUP, police departments work with the U.S. Attorney and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives to investigate gun offenses. The goal is to prosecute suspects in federal court, which could mean longer sentences than they would get in state court. What may have been a one- to five-year state sentence could easily be a 10- or 15-year federal term, said Debra W. Yang, U.S. Attorney for Central California.
Through ATF’s gun tracing and crime analysis technology, police can trace where a gun used in a crime originated. If the gun traveled outside the state or on interstate highways, the case can be prosecuted in federal court.
Yang said the program had been successful, citing cooperation of the county’s 21 police departments and sentences totalling more than 200 years in federal prison.