Friday, April 1, 2011

Sabre Defense Indictments

As we've discussed before, Sabre Defense Industries of Nashville, Tennessee is part of the problem.

Affidavits attached to search warrants for a Tennessee company show that illegally trafficked assault rifles and gun parts connected to the company were found in Middle Eastern countries, including Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

Federal court documents unsealed Wednesday related to Sabre Defence Industries, fill in the picture of an alleged conspiracy to skirt U.S. regulators and law enforcement to gain an advantage in the international arms industry.

Four local Sabre executives charged in a 21-count federal indictment are scheduled to change their not guilty pleas Monday, The Tennessean reported.

The alleged fraud included British owner and CEO Guy Savage and Nashville officials using "phoney shipping documents" and invoices from "fairy land," sending gun parts overseas under false bottoms in shipping containers and stamping silencers illegally imported from Finland as if they were manufactured in Nashville, according to the affidavits.

By 2007, Sabre officials were going as far as calling silencers "lawn mower mufflers" and rifle barrels "gear shafts" in their effort to fly under the radar of regulators.
What's your opinion? Are we spending too much time and focus on the individual gun owners who are irresponsible and dangerous rather than the major sources of the problem? Wouldn't it make more sense if gun control efforts targeted disreputable gun manufacturers and crooked FFL guys? Or is it all the same problem?

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

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