Gee, I guess guns aren’t easier to get than books, otherwise these criminals wouldn’t be breaking the law to get them.
In Rockville, MD, two thieves broke into the United Gun Shop early Thursday morning and were able to make off with 30 guns in just 90 seconds. Surveillance video from the store shows the bandits in black smashing the glass cases with crowbars and stuffing handguns into black cloth sacks before fleeing the scene.
The suspects, who entered before 4 a.m., made off with about 24 handguns and 6 long guns, officials in Montgomery County said.
“A lot of desperate people out there,” a locksmith said as he repaired the entrance.
Investigators believe the suspects left the scene in a light-colored, four-door sedan.
So gun theft is one way criminals get their hands on guns, and straw purchases is another.
In New York, police carried out the biggest gun bust in Brooklyn’s history last week when they arrested two dozen people who were trafficking guns into the gun-control city from Virginia. Authorities say they were able to seize 217 illegally transported guns including AK-47’s that would have been sold on the black market.
“This is our biggest gun trafficking case to date,” saidActing Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “The most defendants charged and the most guns seized in Brooklyn’s history.”
The eight-month investigation beganwith one person who “knew of Blood gang members coming up on a monthly basis, selling guns in Brooklyn,” said NYPD Deputy Inspector Brian Gill.
The guns were transported 2 to 12 at a time to Brooklyn neighborhoods, where handguns would sell between $800 and $1200. The assault weapons were going for $1800 to $2200.
And one undercover NYPD officer made all of the purchases, “who had connected with this crew,” said Gill. “This crew was affiliated with each other and they trusted him and continued to sell guns to him.”
Other ‘straw purchasers’, police say, would buy guns legally but then allegedly give them to others for illegal sale.
So once again, criminals prove that no matter how many gun laws legislators put on the books, there is always a way to smash or drive right through them. Take note, gun control advocates, you can’t make something ‘more illegal’.