Canfield man facing federal charge for firearm possession

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A Canfield man is facing federal charges after accusations that he had a firearm despite a prior felony conviction. 

Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Anthony J. Schaffer had a Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol and ammunition on January 16. This happened while he was on supervised release for a previous federal conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to an indictment.

“These cases demonstrate again why firearms enforcement is vital to making our community safer,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “These defendants include people convicted of attempted murder, domestic violence, felonious assault with a firearm and other crimes. These defendants have no business carrying firearms or ammunition.”

The investigation preceding the charge was a part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer. 

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