Atlanta’s new local-federal partnership to combat illegal weapons andstreet crime is modeled after a program in Richmond, Va., where federaljudges already have raised some concerns.

Called “FACE 5,” the program combines local, state and federal resourcesto take illegal guns off Atlanta’s streets by charging offenders withfederal gun possession charges even if they are committing crimes underthe state’s jurisdiction-while armed. The result is a possible five-yearmandatory prison sentence without parole.

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