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TX – Gun Crime – How drug cartels get American guns into Mexico

HOUSTON CHRONICLE March 23, 2017 – Guns aren’t so easy to come by in Mexico, but the United States is a different story. That’s why, federal prosecutors say, Mexican drug cartels turn to what are called “straw purchases” to arm themselves. Basically, the cartels pay people with clean criminal records in Texas and other states to buy the weapons of choice, then smuggle them into Mexico in exchange for…

NY – Gun Crime – NYC Gun Ring Bust: 6 Indicted For Smuggling More Than 100 Weapons Into NYC

PATCH.COM March 22, 2017 –  Six men have been indicted for operating a multi-state gun-smuggling operation that resulted in the sale of more than 100 firearms to an undercover NYPD officer, law enforcement officials announced Wednesday. The 42 transactions took place in the detective’s car at different locations in Harlem and the Bronx, according to law enforcement officials. Sales were often coordinated over the phone and by text message,…

RI – Gun Crime – Tracing a bullet to its gun faster than ever before (VIDEO)

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL.COM March 21, 2017 –  One night last September, a stranger pulled a gun on another man in Washington Park and started shooting when he didn’t give up his jewelry fast enough. As the victim, a man from Boston, recovered at the hospital, detectives seized three shell casings from the blood-spattered scene. Ten days later, police were patrolling by a gang house in the neighborhood when they saw…

VA – Gun Crime – Sessions Promotes “Project Exile” Solution to Gun Violence

THE NEW AMERICAN.COM March 20, 2017 – While President Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in Richmond, Virginia, last week addressing federal, state, and local law-enforcement officials, he said he planned to promote a 20-year-old “solution” to gun violence: Project Exile. If Project Exile worked so well 20 years ago in Richmond, why did the city back away from it in 2006? Additionally, why have the NRA and the Brady…

Authorities seize 200 weapons in biggest gun trafficking bust in Brooklyn history (Wire Tap Audio)

METRO.US March 8, 2017 – The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD announced a record on Wednesday — the arrest of 24 individuals and the seizure of more than 200 guns, including assault weapons and semiautomatic handguns. The weapons recovered amounted to “more firearms than in any other case in Brooklyn’s history.” The two dozen alleged gunrunners, 22 of whom are residents of Virginia, have been charged with…

IL – Gun Crime – Railroad Thefts and Guns: A Deadly Mix in Chicago (VIDEO)

NBC CHICAGO March 3, 2017 – When street-gang thieves slipped with ease into a Norfolk Southern rail yard on Chicago’s South Side and ripped locks off one train, they likely expected to see merchandise like toys or tennis shoes. What they beheld instead was a gangster’s jackpot: box after box of brand new guns. The guns had been en route from New Hampshire weapon maker Sturm, Ruger & Co….

SC – Gun Crime – SC man with thousands of ‘hoarded’ guns will not go to prison (VIDEO)

WSOC-TV.COM March 2, 1017 – Brent Nicholson, 52, has served 14 months in jail while awaiting trial, and that’s all the time he will serve. On Wednesday, Nicholson pleaded guilty to three counts of receiving stolen goods and one count of possession of a stolen pistol. He could have faced 30 years in prison. Nicholson had 3,800 rifles and pistols in his home on McGregor Street when Chesterfield County…

DC – Gun Crime – Jeff Sessions to target drug cartels, gun offenses to halt potential crime wave

WASHINGTON TIMES February 28, 2017 – Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that he plans to target drug cartels and crack down on gun crimes to snuff out what could be the start of a national crime wave, evidenced by a recent uptick in homicides and other violence. But left unsaid is whether Mr. Sessions also will direct the Justice Department to disrupt the legal marijuana industry — a move that…

IL – Gun Crime – Some Chicago gangs turning to rifles for added firepower, police say (VIDEO)

CHICAGO TRIBUNE February 24, 2017 – The first time 14-year-old Brisa Ramirez remembers hearing rifle fire was when a man was shot dead on a Sunday afternoon outside a Catholic church around the corner from her home in Back of the Yards. She raises her voice to imitate the sharp, metallic bursts. Ta. Ta. Ta. Ta. Ta. It was a foreign sound even in this neighborhood accustomed to gunfire….

VA – Gun Crime – When Violent Crime Has No Punishment

AMERICA’S FIRST FREEDOM.ORG (NRA) February 15, 2017 – With violent crime on the rise around the country, the media should be interested in investigating the reasons why, right? Instead, the media feeds into the anti-gun frenzy with reports of untraceable “ghost guns,” descriptions of suppressors as “tools for assassins,” and gun owners as ticking time bombs. When was the last time you saw the network or cable news outlets…

Nat’l – Gun Crime – Here’s What Happened the Last Time Jeff Sessions Got Aggressive on Gun Crime

THE TRACE.COM February 13, 2017 – In 1991, Jeff Sessions, then the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, prosecuted 31 gun cases — up from zero the year before. Over the next few years, Sessions’ office prosecuted nearly every gun case referred to him. On Wednesday, Sessions was sworn in as Attorney General of the United States. He takes office at a time when violent crime is significantly less prevalent…

NC – Gun Crime – High Point Business Owner Shot, Killed In Store (VIDEO)

WF MY NEWS 2.COM February 12, 2017 – High Point Police are looking for a suspect after a small business owner was shot and killed in his store Saturday. Police say the victim is 66-year-old Jack Little. Little owned the Whetstone Army/Navy Surplus Store on S. Main Street. According to police, the shooting happened between noon and 1:50 p.m. on Saturday. High Point Police Chief Kenneth Schultz says investigators…

SC – Gun Crime – Man stole 240 guns worth $250k say Oconee Co. deputies

7 NEWS WSPA.COM February 10, 2017 – Sheriff’s deputies say a traffic stop led to the theft of more than 240 guns. Matthew Blake Sosby, 43, of Westminster is the man accused of stealing the guns and several other crimes. Investigators later determined one of the guns was a stolen flintlock pistol worth $4,000. It’s not the only gun that deputies say he stole. Oconee County Sheriff’s Office said Sosby was charged…

IL – Gun Crime – On Patrol With Chicago’s Last Violence Interrupters

THE TRACE.COM February 6, 2017 – Chicago outreach worker Francisco Sanchez had been home from work only a few minutes when his cell phone rang again. It was a little after 3 a.m. You need to head back out, the caller said. Three people just got shot on your block. Sanchez walked toward the red and blue flashing police lights, looking for familiar faces in the crowd. As a…

Int’l – Gun Crime – Call for mandatory prison terms for gun thieves after firearm thefts in regional WA

ABC.NET.AU February 2, 2017 – The president of the WA Firearm Traders Association (WAFTA) has called for mandatory prison terms for people convicted of stealing guns, after a spate of firearm thefts in regional WA. Police in the Great Southern towns Kojonup, Katanning, Narrogin and Albany recently formed a special taskforce to tackle an increase in gun thefts. WAFTA president Bevan Steele, who owns a gun shop in Narrogin…

Int’l – Terror – Strict Gun Control Impotent as Terrorist Opens Fire in Quebec

BREITBART.COM January 30, 2017 – Canada’s strict gun control, including license requirements for gun ownership and complete bans on certain categories of firearms, proved impotent as a terrorist opened fire inside a Quebec mosque Sunday night. Reuters reports that “six people were killed and eight wounded when  31Jan17 QuebecShooting

IL – Gun  Crime – After Trump criticism on Chicago violence, Emanuel touts police smarts

CHICAGO TRIBUNE January 28, 2017 – o days after President Donald Trump told a national television audience that Mayor Rahm Emanuel  needed to “smarten up and toughen up” on fighting gun violence, the mayor held a carefully orchestrated news conference to discuss Chicago’s “smart-policing strategy.” As Emanuel summoned a swarm of cameras to the 7th District police station in Englewood on Friday to highlight new police cameras and gunshot tracking technology, sources…

IL – Gun Crime – Cook County courts raise bonds for gun crimes — but suspects getting out faster (VIDEO)

CHICAGO TRIBUNE January 27, 2017 – Since Chicago’s violence rate began to spike in 2012, Cook County judges have doubled the amount of bond set for people charged with felony gun crimes. If judges hoped the increase would keep armed gang members off the streets until their cases were decided, that did not happen. Despite increasingly high bonds, the opposite has happened — the same group of those charged…

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