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BIRMINGHAM, AL - A group of law enforcement officials in west Alabama have announced plans to target criminals who commit gun crimes in their communities.

Giving tougher sentences to the "worst of the worst" criminals is the new gun crime initiative.

Robert Posey, the First Assistant to the Northern District Attorney said, "Many of our communities still suffer from alarming rates of homicide, aggravated assaults, and other forms of gun violence."

Police and sheriff's departments as well as District Attorney in west Alabama will go after criminals with prior arrest and those involved in violent gun crimes.

Tuscaloosa County's District Attorney Lyn Head said, "I can think of 4 cases in the last couple of years in which children have been seriously injured or we've lost a life as the result of this kind of gun fire."

Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson wants to make sure criminals know law enforcement is cleaning up the streets. "We want to send a clear message to those individuals that if they don't stop then we're going to find a place for them. And it's not going to be our state prison system, but it's going to be the federal prison system," Chief Anderson said.

The group is working on a process that will result in more prison time for criminals who use guns. The gun initiative is effective immediately.


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