Federal officials are pledging to prosecute more gun-carrying criminals in hopes of cracking down on escalating violence in Seattle, the Seattle Times reports .
U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said the most eggregious offenders would be charged under federal gun statutes that carry stiffer penalties than state laws.
The idea is to look up more armed felons and career criminals
“We are here today to send a clear message: If you bring a gun to a crime, you will do more time. And most likely, it will be federal time,” Durkan said during a news conference, according to the Seattle Times.