Two groups are assisting police agencies by offering an additional $5,000 reward in connection with the theft of 44 guns last week at Flanary’s Performance Center & Guns, a federally licensed firearms dealer in Garden City.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, and the Michigan Association of Firearms Retailers, which is affiliated with the NSSF, are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the July 9 burglary and 44 firearms.
The reward offer matches a $5,000 reward being offered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
“Our matching reward offer will hopefully help assist ATF and local law enforcement in solving this crime against a federally licensed firearms dealer and lead to the swift recovery of stolen firearms before they can enter the illegal underground black market where they can be misused to commit violent crimes,” said Steve Sanetti, president of the NSSF. “The matching reward payment by NSSF and MIAFR will be granted only following payment of the initial ATF reward.”
MIAFR President Glenn Duncan said the reward is a sign of the gun industry’s concern about the incident.
Does that sound like a big reward to you? It comes to just over $200 per gun. Wouldn't $50,000 or $100,000 be more like it, especially if they want to claim industry concern?
What do you think about the ease with which these thieves got into the place? Before "forcibly" breaking in, the criminals demonstrated tremendous sophistication and expertise in their chosen profession.
According to one published report, before the break-in, the thieves managed to rip the electrical meter equipment off of the back of the building, completely disabling the power supply and shutting off the surveillance cameras.
What's your opinion? Is the control center for all the electronic security equipment so accessible on a bank? Is the bank's electrical meter so easily breached? No, of course not.
Why do you think jewellers remove their products from the glass display cases at night?
Don't you think sellers of firearms should be required to provide adequate security so their product cannot be stolen?
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.