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Archive for February 3rd, 2022

Ghost Guns Partly Behind Rise in Crime, ATF Says

Homemade gun seized by U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle in February 2020.

By Steve Neavling

Ghost guns are partly to blame for the increase in crime, the ATF told CBS News.

Ghost guns are sold without background checks, are untraceable and end up in the hands of criminals. In 2006, the ATF stopped consider ghost guns as firearms. 

“You can buy a box of firearms parts, and you can assemble those firearms together. And I’ve seen videos on YouTube, where you can see people doing it in record time — 20, 30 minutes,” ATF Acting Director Marvin Richardson told CBS News. 

Seizures of ghost guns have sharply increased in New York City, where police confiscated 145 in 2020 and 225 last year, compared to 17 in 2018 and 48 in 2019. 

In October, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on the ATF to crack down on ghost guns.

An additional 455 ghost guns were seized in Chicago and more than 300 in Baltimore. 

Richardson said the guns are ending up in the hands of criminals and gang members with whom law enforcement are familiar. 

“So what we’ve learned is that those people that we go after have an average of eight arrests prior to us having that contact with them,” he said. “In many instances, eight violent criminal arrests, so we’re not talking about people that are shrinking violets.” 

FBI Investigation into Bomb Threats at Black Colleges Reveals 6 Juveniles As Persons of Interest

Howard University. Photo: Derek E. Morton/Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling

The FBI has identified six juveniles as persons of interest in connection with threats to historically Black colleges and universities. 

More than 20 FBI field officers nationwide launched an investigation into a series of bomb threats against the colleges and houses of worship, the bureau said Wednesday.

NBC News reports that the threats appear to be racially motivated.

A law enforcement official told NBC News that the juveniles appear to be “tech savvy,” saying they disguised the source of threats using sophisticated methods. 

In response to the threats, some of the universities, including Howard University, issued shelter-in-place orders on Tuesday, the first day of Black History Month. 

Other colleges that reported bomb threats are University of the District of Columbia, Fort Valley State University, Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Kentucky State University, Xavier University of Louisiana, Edward Wters University, Alcorn State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College, Spelman College, Jackson State University, and Tougaloo College. 

“The FBI is aware of the series of bomb threats around the country and we are working with our law enforcement partners to address any potential threats,” the FBI said Tuesday.