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FBI Seeks Helping Tracking Down Military Guys Stolen from Worcester Army Facility

James Morales.

James Morales.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is searching for seven of 16 military guns that were stolen from a Worcester Army facility earlier this month and not recovered after the suspect in the theft was arrested, The Boston Herald reports. 

“As of right now, five of the six M-4 assault rifles and four of the ten M-11 pistols are back in the hands of law enforcement,” the FBI wrote in an announcement issued this morning. “The FBI is working aggressively, along with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners across the region, to recover the remaining seven weapons.”

A homeland man found a handful of guns at Mullaly Park near Yankee Stadium.

The suspect, James Walker Morales, 34, was arrested after authorities say he stole 10 9mm pistols and a six 5.6mm M4 rifles in a break-in Nov. 14.

Although authorities four nine of the weapons, seven are still missing, including an M-4 assault rifle.

Suspected Terrorists Are Permitted to Buy Guns in America

gunsBy Steve Neavling

Suspected terrorists may be banned from flying, but they are permitted to buy guns in the U.S., the Washington Post reports. 

Bills have been introduced to ban terrorists from purchasing firearms, but the legislation has stalled in committees because of pressure from the NRA.

“Membership in a terrorist organization does not prohibit a person from possessing firearms or explosives under current federal law,” the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in 2010.

The GAO reported found that suspected terrorists tried to buy guns from American dealers at least 2,233 times between 2004 and 2014. Of those, the suspected terrorists successfully made a purchase 91% of the time.

The NRA wouldn’t comment for the story.

Millions of Firearms Purchase Records Languish in ATF Facility, Hampering Investigations

gunsBy Steve Neavling

Firearm purchase records are an important resource for law enforcement because the documents can help trace guns used in crimes.

Trouble is, millions of those records are languishing in cardboard boxes at the government’s National Tracing Center because they have not been processed, the USA Today reports. 

The records – as many as 1.6 million documents a month – come from defunct firearm dealers who must hand over their records to an ATF facility.

The USA Today reports:

The avalanche of records is a little-noticed yet critical component of a newly escalating firearms debate that underscores both the strained operations of the federal government’s chief gun enforcement agency and the strength of a powerful gun rights lobby intent on preventing the creation of a national gun registry, law enforcement analysts say.

The dysfunctional document management system exists even as ATF examiners are faced with a steadily increasing demand for tracing guns used in crimes — 364,441 requests last year — and as the agency seeks to assist local law enforcement authorities in a number of U.S. cities, including Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Baltimore, where there have been dramatic spikes in gun-related violence.

“It’s really sad,” said Ben Hayes, a former ATF official who for more than a decade oversaw parts of the tracing center’s operations. “It’s pathetic.”

Congress Considers Boosting Funding for ATF to Crack Down on Gun Trafficking

gunsBy Steve Neavling

Some members of Congress want to increase ATF funding to crack down on gun trafficking.

Rep. Hakeen Jeffries, D-Brooklyn, has proposed a $60 million funding hike, in part dedicated to stopping the flow of illegal guns into New York, the Daily News reports. 

“The guns used to commit crimes in New York City aren’t manufactured in New York City and they’re not purchased in New York City. They’re coming from states in the deep South, up the I-95 corridor, and from the neighboring state of Pennsylvania,” Jeffries said Monday at a City Hall press conference.

The agency’s funding would be $1.24 billion.

“Why do we continue to underfund this agency in the midst of a gun violence epidemic in America?” Jeffries said. “For years Congress has failed to adequately fund the ATF. This has been part of a deliberate effort to prevent the ATF from doing its job. That is shameful. Over the next few weeks we have an opportunity to correct the situation.”

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Defense Attorneys: Jury Should Know How Guns Ended Up at Scene of Murder of ATF Agent Brian Terry

Brian Terry

Brian Terry

By Steve Neavling

The murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry underscored the recklessness of ATF’s gun-walking scandal.

Now defense attorneys for two men accused of killing Terry want a jury to hear how the weapons ended at the crime scene, reports. 

The guns were tracked by the ATF, knowing that the AK-47 purchases were illegal. The idea, which has been widely criticized, was to find out where the guns were going.

“In a homicide prosecution the source of the weapon(s) used to perpetrate the alleged crime is and always should be relevant. In an assault prosecution the source of the weapon(s) is and always should be relevant,” the defense attorneys wrote.

The federal government doesn’t want a jury to hear about the scandal.

Terry Nichols Wants His Seized Guns Returned to His Family to Help His Children

courtroomBy Steve Neavling

Terry Nichols, who helped in the Timothy McVeigh bombing in Oklahoma City, wants his seized guns turned over to his family.

Information disclosed in federal court reveals that the FBI has most of the guns, the Oklahoman reports. 

Nichols is serving life in prison and wants the guns turned over to one his sister or one of his two ex-wives so that the weapons can provide financial support for some of his children.

The guns were seized from his home in Herington, Kansas.

White House Renews Calls for Stricter Gun Control Laws After Shooting of Journalists in Virginia

gunsBy Steve Neavling

The horrific shooting of two Virginia journalists while they were broadcasting live on the air prompted President Obama to renew calls for stricter gun control.

“This is another example of gun violence that is becoming all too common in communities large and small all across the United States,” the president’s press secretary, John Earnest, told reporters at his daily press briefing.

“While there is no piece of legislation that will end all violence in this country, there are some commonsense things that only Congress can do that we know would have a tangible impact in reducing gun violence in this country.”

Other politicians and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton joined the call for tougher gun laws.

“We have got to do something about gun violence. And I will take it on,” Clinton said. “There are many people who face it and know it, but then turn away.”

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe also pledged to push for stronger gun control.

“I put it up again last year. It never sees the light of day,” McAuliffe, a Democrat, said during an interview with the Washington radio station WTOP. “Everyone who purchases a gun in the Commonwealth of Virginia should have to go through a background check. You go into the store, you hand your license over. It doesn’t take … but three, four, maybe five minutes maximum.”

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Gun Production More Than Doubles Under President Obama’s Presidency

gun rugerBy Steve Neavling

The number of guns manufactured in the U.S. more than doubled under President Barack Obama, according to a new ATF report. 

In the past four years beginning with 2010, gun production increase from 5.4 million to 10.8 million, reports. 

Guns manufactured in the U.S. grew 18% under George W. Bush and declined 9% under Bill Clinton.

The National Association of Gun Rights attributes the rise in gun ownership over fears that Obama wants to take away guns.

“President Obama has made it very clear he wants to strip away our gun rights, so people are going out and purchasing more firearms and ammunition,” said Joe Neville, director of political affairs at the National Association for Gun Rights.

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