Friday, October 22, 2010

Baltimore Gun Shops

I keep hearing that unscrupulous FFL gun sellers are so rare, that the vast majority is on the up and up, they keep telling me.  Well, I guess they never got the memo in Baltimore.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said in 2007 that they traced 64 firearms seized by Baltimore police at crime scenes to Clyde's, behind only Valley Guns in Parkville, which was shuttered because of inventory problems. Two other gun shops that were among the top five on that list, Northeast Gun & Pawn and Baltimore Gunsmith, both in the city, also have been closed for violations.
What's your opinion? Isn't it like any other business in that greed can easily lead a shop owner to practices that are not exactly consistent with the desired due diligence. It's all about turning a blind eye to suspicious sales, don't you think? Of course, some of the worst cases sell guns out the back door and then lose the paper work.  But the others just make it too easy for the straw purchasers to do their thing.

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1 comment:

  1. Actually the ATF is who says that most FFL's are on the up and up. Which is odd when you consider that the DoJ and the ATF say that most firearms are traced back to corrupt FFL dealers. I guess those corrupt dealers just peddle a LOT of illegal guns.

    And those shops were closed because of violations so it seems to me that the process worked.