For Immediate Release
New Orleans Man Indicted for Violation of the Federal Gun Control Act
NEW ORLEANS -- Chrstopher Shaw, 35, of New Orleans was indicted for violating the Federal Gun Control Act by being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1), announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.
According to the indictment, on January 24, 2023, Shaw was in possession of a Glock, model 43, 9mm semi-automatic pistol after having been convicted in the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, on the felony charge of conspiring to pimp a prostitute under the age of 16.
If convicted, Shaw faces up to 15 years imprisonment to be followed by up to three years of supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000 and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee. U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders works together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develops comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Orleans Police Department in investigating this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jon M. Maestri of the General Crimes Unit is in charge of the prosecution.