A local investigation has led to criminal charges against eight individuals and the seizure of at least 44 firearms. The investigation by Project Safe Neighborhoods targeted individuals who were supposedly providing false information to federally licensed gun dealers in Rhode Island. U.S. District Attorney Stephen Dambruch says five individuals have been tried in U.S. District Court, and three more in state court. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a collaboration of federal, state and local law enforcement to reduce gun violence. Attorneys were not immediately available for comment.