Federal funding to help fight gun violence in northern W.Va.

December 13, 2021 GMT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Three northern West Virginia counties have been awarded federal funding to fight gun violence, officials said.

Hancock, Brooke and Ohio counties will receive $86,763 to combat firearms trafficking and enhance the prosecution of gun crimes, the Justice Department said in a statement. The funding was part of $17.5 million awarded nationwide to support the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program in partnership with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices.

“We are thankful to receive this funding, as it will allow us to better coordinate state and federal efforts to keep firearms out of the hands of those who aren’t legally permitted to have them,” said William J. Ihlenfeld, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia.