Ghost guns seem to be in the news everywhere these days, but what does that term really describe? This presentation takes a detailed look at "ghost guns", "privately manufactured firearms" (PMF's), and their impact on violent crime. We'll look at the intersection of state laws, the U.S. Constitution and the rule making authority of the federal government in dealing with this issue. Finally, we'll discuss tools and strategies to successfully investigate and prosecute the unlawful possession and use of firearms by violent offenders.
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Scott Hixson is the Chief Deputy Solicitor for the 15th Judicial Circuit in S.C. and is a Special Assistant United States Attorney in District of South Carolina. Mr. Hixson has been a prosecutor in state court for over 20 years, and in federal court for over 5 years. He has prosecuted literally thousands of cases over the years, handling a diverse caseload composed of homicides, violent crimes, narcotics offenses, crimes against children and human trafficking in state and federal court, including multiple death penalty trials. Mr. Hixson earned his degree in communication from The Ohio State University and his juris doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the Capital University Law School with a concentration in Government Affairs. He studied International Criminal Law at the Institute for World Legal Problems at the University of Innsbruck, Austria under then Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court William Rehnquist.
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