What do you think it means? Do you think in Las Vegas, and in California in spite of their laws, there are a number of gun shops known to be "user friendly," places where straw purchases and clearly questionable transactions can take place? These would be licensed gun dealers who agree with AztecRed who said "only children and Democrats believe in the spirit of the law." I suppose the type of gun dealer I'm talking about protest vehemently that he's not doing anything illegal. What do you think?
The agents placed Claudio Caesar “Zorra” Penunuri at the center of a gun smuggling ring from here to Southern California and then south into Mexico. He provided the more than $100,000 in cash to purchase 28 rifles and pistols from Las Vegas gun dealers, and the smuggling routes to ship them illegally into the hands of violent Mexican drug cartels.
His case is a capstone to a burgeoning effort by local ATF agents as part of a two-year national program launched in Washington called Project Gunrunner. Its aim: Stem the flow of illegal U.S. guns into Mexico and bring down violence along the Rio Grande, where the cartels are warring over new drug enterprises in this country.
And of course there are the good guys.
Local gun dealers said they are aware of increased government enforcement, and Bob Irwin, owner of The Gun Store, said “the problem is more noticeable now. I hope they put them away for quite awhile.”
Irwin described a recent case in which his staff notified ATF that a customer was using a fake ID. Agents allowed the store to sell the gun — after they placed a monitoring device on the weapon. “Then they followed the gun to the border and arrested him just before he went across,” Irwin said.
“So we try to help,” Irwin said. “We have no interest in helping drug cartels shoot each other.”
What's your opinion? Do you think the ATF is moving in the right direction with these efforts? Is it just a case of "a few bad apples?"
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