Two Plead Guilty For Trying To Smuggle Guns Into Barbados

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Trying to smuggle guns into another country is illegal. Since we’re told that laws surrounding guns actually work, then no one would try to smuggle weapons into a foreign country. I mean, why would they? It’s illegal!

Unfortunately, though, in the real world, people do illegal things all the time, especially when guns are involved.

That includes these two who tried to smuggle weapons into Barbados.

Rashad Sargeant, 27, of College Park, pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawfully exporting firearms, acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Kurt Erskine said in a news release.

Sargeant’s co-defendant, 31-year-old David Johnson of Belleville, Illinois, pleaded guilty more than a month earlier on July 22, Erskine said. A third man who acted as a “straw purchaser” to buy guns from federally licensed firearms dealers, 28-year-old Shunquez Stephens of Flowery Branch, pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme June 21.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s case presented in court, Johnson would recruit gun buyers like Stephens to illegally purchase firearms with no intention of keeping the guns for themselves. Sargeant and Johnson would take the guns, remove the serial numbers, then mail them to Barbados using fake identities. They shipped the guns hidden inside false compartments in boxes using common carriers like UPS, FedEx and DHL.

Frankly, people would be amazed at how much illegal stuff gets shipped through common carriers or even the United States Postal Service. After all, it’s not like they can open up the package and see what’s inside to make sure no one is shipping anything illegal.

The idea of someone shipping guns that way doesn’t surprise me at all.

That doesn’t mean it’s legal. It’s not and those who are caught doing so will likely go to prison for a very long time. These guys haven’t been sentenced yet, but I somehow doubt it’ll be a few months at a minimum-security facility.

Yet this also illustrates one of the problems with the gun control mentality.

See, there are people in every nation with access to guns. For enough money, some of them will provide those firearms to others. It doesn’t require a multimillion-dollar operation to smuggle guns anywhere in this day and age, so bypassing gun control isn’t all that difficult. It becomes ridiculously easy to get around those regulations, actually.

And yet, some don’t really see it.

They can’t grasp that the only ones really inhibited by gun control are the law-abiding citizens. Especially if someone can make connections with someone who has access to guns and are willing to ship them wherever for the right amount of money.

It’s far, far better to try to reduce the demand for illegal guns than to try and restrict law-abiding people from even having them. Of course, that would make sense, which anti-Second Amendment jihadists will never do.

Instead, they prefer a world where people smuggle guns hither and yon so they can complain about it. That seems to be the preferred MO for those folks, after all. Oh well.

Nov 26, 2021 10:30 AM ET