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U.S. Attorney warns against having guns illegally

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The U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Iowa held a press conference today regarding illegal guns, accidental shootings and drugs. 

Officials highlighted four Iowa cases dating back to 2016 where accidental shooting happened with guns that were kept illegally. 

In most cases it was a child who ended up hurt or dead. 

U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan Jr. said in each case the gun owner was doing drugs, therefore was forbidden from having a gun. 

"There's certain people who have absolutely no business possessing a firearm," he said. 

They want people to know serious consequences can come from having a gun illegally and that doesn't always just mean prison time. 

"Sometimes there are tragic tragic consequences," Deegan says. 

It doesn't always take a tragedy for law enforcement to track down an illegal gun owner. 

They say they have various ways of doing so including witnesses coming forward, or seizing a gun during a search. 

The office says they have prosecuted dozens of Iowans for illegal gun possession over the last few years. 

In addition to drug users, convicted felons, illegal aliens and people with certain mental health history are forbidden from having a gun.  

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