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FBI Director Comey Pledges to Help St. Louis Crack Down on Violent Crime

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While visiting the bureau’s St. Louis office, FBI Director James Comey pledged to help police chiefs in the region combat violent crime, St. Louis Public Radio reports.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police chief Sam Dotson asked for help with chronic gun offenders.

“Missouri, in my opinion, has some of the more lax gun laws of all the 50 states,” Dotson said.  “So when we encounter individuals that consistently use fire arms to commit crimes, can the FBI help us develop cases that we can take to the U.S. attorney and get prosecution on a different level and keep the community safe?”

Comey said the field office plans to help.

Comey was visiting the office as part of a planned tour of all 56 of the agency’s field offices.

The visits, he said, are used to “both learn about how it’s going and to talk to my partners, especially to say what are we doing well here, what can we do differently; are there things I can take from this community and try to spread elsewhere.”

Gunmaker Sues ATF, Saying Feds Wrongly Classified Its ‘Muzzle Brake’ a Silencer

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A gunmaker is suing the ATF for claiming the company is selling a gun silencer.

Gunmaker Sig Sauer said that the ATF wrong classified its “muzzle brake” as a silencer.

“If classified as a silencer, no market exists for the subject device given that it will not silence, muffle, or diminish the report of a firearm and yet it would still be subject to the burdensome requirements set forth above as if it really is a silencer,” Sig argues through

Manchester attorney Mark Rouvalis and Virginia attorney Stephen Halbrook.

By classifying it as a silencer, sales will drop significantly because people won’t want to deal with the “required burdens” that come with a silencer.

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Out-of-State Guns Used in Most NY Crimes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

New York’s restrictive gun laws have triggered a rash of gun sales from other states, a federal report shows, Newsday reports.

Because the state prohibits machine guns and possessing handguns without a license, weapons are brought into New York from elsewhere, according to a report by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms.

“We call New York a market state because it’s so highly regulated that it’s easier to get a gun in another state and bring it back,” said ATF group supervisor Robert Cucinelli, according to Newsday.

Importing guns from other states is so common that most guns recovered from New York crimes last year originated from states with fewer legal restrictions, Newsday reported.

 

Retiring Houston ATF Chief Offers His Views on Agency and Guns to Mexico

By Dane Schiller
Houston Chronicle

Dewey Webb, head of the Houston division for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is retiring this month after a career that began in 1976. T

he Oklahoma native, who can trace his family to full-blooded Choctaw and Cherokee Native Americans, has gone against moonshiners, weapons traffickers, drug cartels and terrorists, including Timothy McVeigh. He’s also seen his agency endure plenty of controversy, and as he leaves, he says he’s more certain than ever that ATF must continue to try to stop guns from heading to Mexico. He recently sat down with Houston Chronicle reporter Dane Schiller. Here are some excerpts from that conversation.

Q: When the ATF is brought up, some people get very angry. Why do they hate you guys?

A: Over the years, we have been villainized by certain groups. It is very political. … There are so many people out there who are afraid the government is going to decide one day to take away all the guns. It is never going to happen in this country.

Q: Why has the ATF remained a small agency and not grown, as the Drug Enforcement Administration has?

A: There is a fear that if we get too big, it will infringe on gun rights, which is the furthest thing from the truth. Having strong firearms policies and laws is the best way to preserve gun rights.

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