Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Iron Pipeline - Georgia to New York

The New York Times

Early one October morning in 2011, two masked men with gloved hands smashed their way into a roadside pawnshop in rural Georgia, fleeing with 23 handguns.

Four years later, on a street in Queens on Saturday, a man raised one of those guns — a silver, five-shot Taurus revolver — and fired three times at New York police officers. A bullet struck Officer Brian Moore in the face; he died on Monday.

His death followed the killing of two officers in December in Brooklyn. That time, the handgun turned on officers also came from a gun shop a thousand miles away from the city, just 90 miles away in the same Southern state.

Law enforcement officials have long focused on Georgia and neighboring states with looser gun laws as the starting point of a so-called iron pipeline of guns flowing north, to New York and other cities, where the restrictions on legal gun purchases are more stringent — and the profits higher for traffickers.


  1. So the supposedly looser gun laws in Georgia enabled criminals to break into a gun store and then sell their ill gotten loot in New York, and used in criminal activity there. The article somehow neglects to mention exactly which law it is that condones burglary in Georgia.
    The other gun mentioned was actually purchased eighteen years ago so linking it to this "pipeline" as a route supplying criminals in the gun control nirvana of NYC is a bit harder to sell.

  2. Maybe we should call it "The Iron Snail Trail" since it takes 14 years to get there.