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NBC Takes A Look Inside ATF’s Lab That Connects Guns to Criminals

Gun Store Burglaries Jumped 30%, Reaching Alarming Levels in 2016

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gun store burglaries reached record numbers in 2016, marking a 30% increase over 2015.

The 558 reported burglaries at licensed firearms dealers is higher than any period since the ATF began tracking burglaries and robberies five years ago, The Trace reports. 

During the 2016 break-ins, the number of firearms stolen reached 7,488, a 59% increase over 2015, which had previous held the record for gun store burglaries.

Compared to 2012, when the ATF began compiling data on such crimes, burglaries from licensed dealers jumped by 48%, while the number of guns stolen increased by 73%.

Many of those guns end up on the black market.

“These crimes victimize law-abiding federal firearms licensees, causing a threat to their livelihood and even personal safety at times, and the stolen firearms further pose a threat to the safety of our communities,” said ATF spokeswoman Amanda Hils. “ATF special agents and industry operations investigators across the country work alongside our local and state law enforcement partners to prevent, respond to, and investigate these incidents.”

Pennsylvania Man Sues ATF Because 40-Year-Old Crime Bars Him from Owning Guns

atf_sealBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Pennsylvania man who is barred from possessing a gun because he was convicted of a first-degree misdemeanor 40 years ago is suing the ATF because he wants to hunt with his grandchildren.

PennLive reports that Terry E. Laudenslager was convicted of buying a stolen television in 1976. A federal law bars him from possession a firearm because he was convicted of a crime punishable by more than a year in prison. 

Since then, Laudenslager has not committed another crime, and now he wants to buy weapons to protect himself and to hunt with his grandchildren.

Last week, he filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the ATF, hoping to win a judgment that will allow him to once again legally possess guns.

TSA Reports Record Number of Gun Seizures at Airports in 2016

airport scanner 2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Airports are reporting a record number of guns were found in carry-on luggage in 2016.

The TSA said 3,391 guns were discovered at checkpoints nationwide – a 28% increase over 2015. Alarmingly, 83% of the guns were loaded.

The airports with the largest number of gun confiscations were George Bush Intercontinental at Houston, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, Denver International, Dallas/Fort Worth International, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International.

The good news is, gun seizures dropped at JKF LaGuardia and Newark airports.

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Many U.S. Airports Allow Loaded Guns Outside of TSA Screening Areas

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By Allan Lengel and James Gordon Meek
ABC News

Not only is it legal in America to transport unloaded, cased and locked firearms as checked luggage on airlines, but to the dismay of airport security officers it is also legal to carry a loaded weapon into 11 of the top 20 major airports including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Phoenix and Las Vegas — which all have had incidents, as ABC News has found.

The killing of five travelers inside a Florida airport last week allegedly by a man who legally transported a handgun from Alaska in his checked luggage has renewed concerns over state laws that allow firearms to be carried into baggage claim and ticketing areas in half of the busiest U.S. airports.

While airport security has been significantly tightened since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, gun-friendly state laws nationwide allow law-abiding citizens to possess firearms in areas outside of the TSA passenger screening security bubble like the check-in lounge and baggage claim, even in major terminals.

In some instances, gun rights advocates carrying loaded AR-15 assault rifles through public areas of major American airports have caused a stir, despite having a legal right to openly carry their weapons.

Some airports allow only “open carry,” while others require that weapons be concealed by individuals who hold state gun permits that are given to those who pass background checks.

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FBI Won’t Follow Nevada’s New Gun Control Law, Saying It’s Unenforceable

gunsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A voter-approved measure in Nevada to require more gun background checks isn’t enforceable, says the FBI and Nevada’s attorney general. 

Under the measure, which was supposed to go into effect on Jan. 1, gun transactions between private citizens must involve federal screenings through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

But according to the Washington Times, the FBI won’t conduct the checks. 

In a letter to state officials, the FBI said the state is tasked with background checks and the ballot initiative’s approval “cannot dictate how federal resources are applied.”

The measure prohibits the state from conducting the background checks involving private sales.

“It is manifestly unjust to criminally penalize someone for failing to perform an act that is impossible to perform,” Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, a Republican, wrote in an opinion Wednesday deeming the ballot initiative unenforceable. “Despite its intent to merely regulate the transfer or sale of firearms between private parties, because it is impossible to perform the background checks as required by the Act, the Act now unconditionally prohibits such transactions under the threat of criminal prosecution for conduct that was formerly lawful and routine.”

Dozens of Firearms Discovered at Airports Nationwide During Holiday Travel Break

Firearms discovered by the TSA during the holiday travel period. Photo via TSA.

Firearms discovered by the TSA during the holiday travel period. Photo via TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

During the busy holiday travel break, the TSA found 80 firearms in carry-on bags at airports nationwide.

Of the 80 firearms, 65 were loaded, according to a weekly TSA blog. A round was chambered in 26 of the guns.

TSA officials also found four tubes of gun powder in a checked bag at Sioux Falls.

Officials also found grenades in checked bags at New Bern and Raleigh-Durham. Two swords were discovered in a carry-on in Atlanta.

Despite the TSA’s constant reminders about banned items, travelers continue to try to carry firearms and other weapons in carry-on bags.

Travelers are permitted to bring firearms in their checked baggage if they declare them with the airline.

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