Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to steer more gun-crime cases to federal court, where offenders face an average of six years in prison, compared with the lighter punishments that can result from state convictions. In Missouri, gun offenders charged under state laws generally get probation. Sessions instructed U.S. attorneys to step up their gun-case loads. In the second quarter of this year, federal firearms prosecutions jumped 23 percent over the same period in 2016, Want to read more? Please subscribe to The Crime Report!