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CA – GUN CRIME – California arms traffickers used Snapchat to market illegal weapons

Recent investigations show that in the Bay Area, social media is playing a significant role in firearms sales.  One post showed the man walking through a home brandishing a gun with a high-capacity magazine and tapping an unidentified woman on her buttocks with the barrel. In another, he waved a pistol loaded with a 50-round drum magazine in the air while driving a car. They’re two of several Snapchat posts by Anthony Reed, a 22-year-old Nevada resident who prosecutors allege used the social media platform to market weapons in California. Arms traffickers have long used the internet to connect with potential buyers, and there have been growing reports of weapons dealers across the US using platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to market their guns. Several recent law enforcement investigations show that in California’s Bay Area, social media is playing a significant role in the sale of firearms outlawed in the state. Federal agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) learned of Anthony Reed’s trafficking ring in January 2018. According to federal prosecutors, Reed, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, his roommate Rahsaan Faison, and Faison’s brother Julaan purchased potentially hundreds of semi-automatic pistols through private-party transactions in Nevada.  [full article]

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