Local, state, and federal officials on Wednesday revealed a hotline and reward program aimed at stemming gun crime in the Anniston area.
Police officials from Anniston, Oxford and Jacksonville, along with others from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gathered on the steps of the Calhoun County Courthouse for a formal announcement of the program. It is designed to combat what they said was a high level of crime connected to firearms. Federal officials will help local agencies investigate the crimes, and charge them with federal offenses when possible.
Similar programs involving prosecuting gun crimes on a federal level and marketing the effort to the public have been tried elsewhere. A Texas program was built around the slogan, "Gun crime means hard time." Here's the TV ad that went with it. Take a look: