Gun violence, like all other violent crime, is on the rise in the 18th Judicial District. The Aurora Police Department reported 1045 firearm related violent crimes in 2018. This number has risen steadily over the last four years from 372 violent crimes involving firearms in 2014. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reported a 483% increase in firearm related violent crimes in that same timeframe. In my experience, much of this gun violence comes from illegally possessed firearms.
These are guns that are bought in the shadows by criminals without following any of our state’s background check requirements. It’s a growing business, made easier by pop-up social media-based websites where criminals buy and sell oftentimes stolen guns. It is a trend I am committed to fighting. I will build a partnership with metro area law enforcement, area prosecutors, and social media experts to identify how we can use technology to fight the criminals who exploit modern communication for criminal gain. I will prioritize prosecuting those who illegally possess or use firearms during the course of other crimes and ensure they are held accountable. My office will work closely with local and federal law enforcement agencies to proactively identify sources of illegal guns and get them off the streets. Each illegal gun taken off the street is potentially one less victim.
*All statistics come from CBI's Crime Stats website.