A Winnipeg concert promoter was sentenced to 57 months in a U.S. federal prison today after admitting to his role in an international guns-for-drugs smuggling operation.
Gokhan Ozturk, 23, said he is ashamed at the damage he has caused by arranging to have at least 22 handguns brought into his hometown. Only three have been recovered – all in the hands of local criminals, court was told.
We talked about this case before when the two accomplices were in the news. They both received one-year sentences, but what's never been made clear is what if anything was done about the gun sellers. Isn't that where the real problem lies? The exact point at which a gun passes from the hand of a lawful owner to that of a criminal is what we need to zero in on. I'm not sure everything is being done in that regard.
What do you think? Is there a laissez faire attitude about the gun shops whose customers lie on the paperwork or present straw purchasers? Isn't there some way of motivating gun dealers to be more careful? In this case you've got under-aged boys buying dozens of guns from a handful of places. Doesn't that imply a non chalance on the part of the sellers?
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