U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says gun-related crime prosecutions in his office are up over this time last year. As of July 7th, his office has charged 47 defendants connected to gun offenses compared to 37 during the same time last year. Hogsett said he‘s uncertain if actual gun-related crimes are up but that his office remains committed to cracking down on criminals involved in gun offenses.
“What I can say is that I promised to go after the worst of the worst and we have done exactly that,” said Hogsett. “If you have prior felony convictions for drug trafficking or crimes of violence and you possess a gun, you will be federally prosecuted.”
During recent July 4th shootings in downtown Indianapolis, Hogsett said he and his family were several blocks away at the time enjoying holiday celebrations and were greatly disturbed by the violence. He said his office will focus on defendants and dealers who commit gun-related crimes and not guns themselves. ATF Special Agent In Charge Robert Browning was also present and said gun related crimes are not the domain of licensed gun dealers. Browning said less than 1% of licensed gun dealers break gun laws.