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ATF Sees Major Upswing in Recovered, Traced Machine Guns in Pennsylvania

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF recovered and traced more machine guns in Pennsylvania than in the past four years combined, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The ATF issued the alarming report, which states that the ATF reported 132 machine gun traces in the past year in Pennsylvania. By contrast, the agency traced 110 machine guns between 2009 and 2012.

The ATF defines a machine gun as “any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.”

In Pennsylvania, adults can obtain permits to own machine guns. The state has 17,714 such permits.

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Justice Delayed? Four U.S. Security Contractors Charged in 2007 Baghdad Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Four years after a judge dismissed the case, four former Blackwater security contractors were charged Thursday in the 2007 attack on Iraqi civilians in which 17 people were killed, Time reports.

The men, who were hired to guard U.S. diplomats, are accused of using machine guns and grenades at a Baghdad Square in 2007.

Among the victim were women and children, Time reported.

Defense attorneys said the contractors were firing on an ambush by insurgents.

ATF Proposes Closing Loophole for People Obtaining Guns though Corporations or Legal Trusts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ATF is proposing to end a loophole that allows people to obtain weapons such as machine guns though corporations or legal trusts without a background check, Courthouse News Service reports.

Anyone wanting to buy a gun is required to file a photo and fingerprint card with the ATF and a local law enforcement agency.

But that’s not the case “if the applicant or transferee is a partnership, company, association, trust or corporation,” Courthouse News Service reported.

The number of those legal organizations increased from 840 in 2000 to 40,700 in 2012, according to the agency.

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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.

 

2 Men Charged With Plotting to Attack Military Processing Center in Seattle

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two men who converted to Islam were arrested Wednesday and charged with plotting to kill recruits and employees at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Seattle, the U.S. Attorney’s announced Thursday.

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, aka Joseph Anthony Davis, 33, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, aka Frederick Domingue, Jr., 32, of Los Angeles, were charged in a criminal complaint with buying machine guns to carry out the attack, authorities said. They also planned to use grenades.

Authorities said the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force  began “monitoring” the two as the plot was developing “to prevent the attack and protect the public.” They said the guns provided to the men “were inoperable”.

“The complaint alleges these men intended to carry out a deadly attack against our military where they should be most safe, here at home,” U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said in a statement. “This is a sobering reminder of our need to be vigilant and that our first line of defense is the people who live in our community. We were able to disrupt the plot because someone stepped forward and reported it to authorities.”

Authorities first became aware of the plot when a man, who had been approached about participating, tipped off Seattle police.

The tipster than agreed to work with authorities, and the FBI began monitoring their activies, videotaping and recording conversations.

“Driven by a violent, extreme ideology, these two young Americans are charged with plotting to murder men and women who were enlisting in the Armed Forces to serve and protect our country. This is one of a number of recent plots targeting our military here at home,” said Todd Hinnen, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security. “The threat was averted by the combined efforts of the federal, state and local law enforcement officers that make up the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.”