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June 9, 2000

Project EXILE Comes to New Jersey

Handgun Control Inc. and the NRA to share stage with Mayor Schundler to announce the unveiling of the anti-gun violence initiative known as Project EXILE

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On Thursday, June 15, at 12:00 p.m. on the steps of Jersey City's City Hall, Mayor Bret Schundler, John Shanks of Handgun Control Inc., and a leader from the National Rifle Association, will announce the launch of an anti-gun violence initiative known as Project Exile.

Project Exile has received national attention since 1997 when Richmond, Virginia pioneered the initiative. Due to Richmond's unqualified success with the program, other cities, such as Denver, Philadelphia, and Oakland have since replicated Exile.

Project Exile combines the efforts of local, State, and Federal law enforcement entities to prosecute gun-toting felons, usually by referring cases to the U.S. Attorney's office, where those caught with an illegal gun face the stiffest penalties possible. This zero-tolerance program works because most felons dread being "exiled" into the federal penitentiary system.

The success of Project Exile lies in the community awareness aspect of the program. From billboards to radio ads to "warning cards" handed out by police, felons start to fear carrying guns in cities with Exile. The price for getting caught is simply not worth the risk.

"Project Exile puts felons on notice. If you use or carry an illegal gun in this city, there will be no second chances," said Mayor Schundler. "It's a program that works. Which is why it's fully supported by both gun control groups and gun owner groups."

A number of organizations have endorsed Jersey City Project Exile, including the Coalition of New Jersey Sportsmen, the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, and North Jersey Friends of the NRA, to name just a few. President Clinton has also expressed his support for Project Exile in a recent letter to Mayor Schundler.

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