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ATF Reports Alarming Increase in Stolen Firearms from Gun Shops

File photo of guns, via ATF

File photo of guns, via ATF

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF released a disturbing new report that shows national firearm theft and losses in gun shops increased 20% in 2016. 

The report indicates that 18,394 weapons were stolen last year, and a vast majority were pistols, rifles, revolvers and shotguns.

“Losses and thefts of firearms have increased dramatically in terms of the gun stores,” ATF Special Agent Michael Knight told WHNT19 News

He added: “Also, what has increased extremely, at a high rate, is the armed robberies, and this is a violent crime. This means that the public could potentially be at arms length of the criminal element who are focusing on these gun stores.”

Georgia led the nation with 1,539 stolen or missing firearms in 2016. Florida followed with 1,260 and Texas with 1,247.

Hawaii, by contrast, reported just three stolen or missing firearms.

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FBI Agent Lost Loaded Gun in Back of Taxi During Late Night in New York City

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent woke up Saturday morning to realize he had lost his loaded gun in the back of a cab in Brooklyn around 2 a.m., police said.

The 43-year-old agent said the .380 semiautomatic weapon was in a holster inside his pants when he hailed the taxi 7509 Third Ave., where the Salty Dog sports bar is located, the New York Post reports

The agent, who has not been identified, told police that he didn’t realize until the morning that he had lost his gun.

He told police that there were seven rounds in the gun.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the agent was under the influence when he misplaced the gun.

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FBI: Right-Wing Extremist Planning Mass Shooting in Texas Was Arrested

austin pdBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities believe they may have prevented a right-wing extremist from carrying out a mass shooting in Austin, Texas, this month.

Steven Thomas Boehle, 50, was arrested after Austin police raided a North Austin residence where he had been staying, MyStatesman.com reports. 

The FBI turned up three guns and about 1,100 rounds of ammunition.

An affidavit says a confidential source told the FBI that Boehle “exhibits sovereign citizen extremism ideology.”

Boehle has been charged with making a false statement about trying to buy a firearm. He is barred from buying firearms because of a previous assault conviction in Connecticut.

ATF: Law Enforcement Officers Increasingly Buying Guns, Illegally Selling Them to Public

File photo of guns, via ATF

File photo of guns, via ATF

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is warning police departments that federal law enforcement officers are increasingly buying and illegally reselling unlicensed guns, which often are ending up in the hands of criminals.

The agency called the scheme an “emerging problem” that is adding to the flood of illegal firearms in the country the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. 

Among the guns sold on the black market are “off-roster” guns that only can be purchased by law enforcement.

“Recently, ATF has discovered that some law enforcement officers who do not have a (Federal Firearms License) are purchasing ‘off roster’ firearms and reselling those firearms to non-law enforcement entities for a profit,” Special Agent in Charge of the ATF in Los Angeles Eric D. Harden wrote in an advisory.

Some of the guns are surfacing at crime scenes.

“In some instances, ATF has discovered officers who purchased more than 100 ‘off roster’ firearms that were subsequently transferred to non-law enforcement individuals,” Harden continued. “Such transactions potentially constitute violations of federal firearms laws, to include dealing firearms without a FFL, and lying on a federal firearms form when purchasing said firearm — also known as ‘straw purchasing.’ ”

FBI on Hunt for Man Who Threatened to Shoot up Schools, Public Officials

Suspect Joseph Jakubowsk

Suspect Joseph Jakubowsk

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is on the hunt for a burglary suspect who sent a manifesto to President Trump, threatening to use stolen firearms against schools and public officials.

Joseph Jakubowski is accused of burglarizing a Wisconsin gun shop on April 4 before disappearing.

“A large quantity of high-end handguns and rifles were stolen and the suspect fled the scene,” authorities said in a statement.

The 32-year-old remained at large Sunday night, “despite extensive efforts to locate and capture him, officials with the Rock County Sheriff’s Office told Fox6 Now

Authorities also warned schools to be on the look out.

The White House has confirmed that it received the 161-page manifesto.

It “includes grievances against government and personal angst toward anyone or anything other than natural law or rule,” the Rock County Sheriff’s Office said.

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

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

ATF photo

ATF photo

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.