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Guns Used in Chicago Crimes Bought Close to Home

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Most guns recovered in Chicago were originally purchased in Illinois, not states with less-restrictive gun laws, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Citing a groundbreaking study at the University of Chicago Crime Lab, authorities said 58% of the 1,375 guns recovered in crimes in Chicago were bought in Illinois.

About 45% came from Cook County.

The study was requested by the Chicago Police Department because of an unusually violent 2012 when homicides spiked 28% compared to this time last year, according to the Sun-Times.

Since more than half of the guns come originate from within Illinois, authorities plan to target local gun stores that are selling the firearms.

Method to Track Firearms Stalled by Foes

By ERICA GOODE
New York Times

Identifying the firearm used in a crime is one of the biggest challenges for criminal investigators. But what if a shell casing picked up at a murder scene could immediately be tracked to the gun that fired it?

A technique that uses laser technology and stamps a numeric code on shell casings can do just that. But the technology, called microstamping, has been swept up in the larger national debate over gun laws and Second Amendment rights, and efforts to require gun makers to use it have stalled across the nation.

“I think it is one of these things in law enforcement that would just take us from the Stone Age to the jet age in an instant,” said Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld III of the Baltimore Police Department. “I just can’t comprehend the opposition to it.”

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32 Guns Found at U.S. Airports in a Week

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After Sept. 11, 2001, it’s still amazing to find how common it is for people to bring guns to airports.

On occasion, ticklethewire.com likes to check in to see just how many folks still bring guns.

According to the Transportation Security Administration, 30 loaded guns and two unloaded ones were discovered at airport checkpoints during the week of May 11 to May 17.

A TSA blog also noted that there were seven incidents in a week in which drugs were found on passengers using imaging technology.

“We’re not looking for drugs, but finding these nonmetallic items in areas where explosives could also be hidden is a testament that the technology works,” the TSA blog said. “In addition to these discoveries, there was also a passenger at Anchorage who attempted to sneak in a tube of toothpaste by placing it in her groin area. This was an attempt to get it through after we had already caught it in her bag earlier. If you’re not familiar with why toothpaste is prohibited, you can read about our liquid policies here.”

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ATF Says 68,000 Guns Seized in Mexico Came From U.S.

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. likes to think that it contributes positively to many countries. In Mexico, that’s not always the case.

ATF reports that 68,000 guns recovered by Mexican authorities between January 2007 and December 2011 were traced back to the U.S., USA Today reports.

The paper reported that many weapons were recovered after drug cartel shootouts or found in raids.

To read more click here.

 

Feds Move to Crack Down on Gun Crimes in Detroit

What Part of “Don’t Bring Guns to the Airport” Don’t People Understand?

 

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

What part of “don’t bring guns to the airport” don’t people understand?

It still fails to amaze.

As part of an occasional story on the issue, we report that 31 people from Jan. 23 to Jan. 29 were caught at airport checkpoints in the U.S. with guns, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The number is considered on the higher end of the spectrum. The numbers generally range from the teens to the 30s for a week.

Authorities have said in the past that some people — including cops and hunters — say they forgot they had the weapon in their bag.

 

Dozen-Plus Arrested in Spokane Crime Ring Bust

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

There were some big happenings in snowy Spokane, Wash., on Thursday, where FBI agents executed multiple searches and made more than a dozen arrests in the culmination of the year-long investigation called Operation “Old School,” reports KXLY.

Multi-agency SWAT teams made raids that stretched across Northern Oregon, Walla Walla, Tri-Cities and Spokane Thursday morning, Frank Harrill of the FBI told KXLY.

The raids targeted a ring of drug and gun running headquartered in Spokane. “The recovery of scores of illegal weapons, pounds of methamphetamine, a live hand grenade you see the level of sophistication, the potential for violence and the harm to our community that these groups pose on a daily basis,” Agent Harrill said.

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Feds and Local Cops in D.C. Announce “Most Important Weapons Investigation” in Recent Past

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A year-long fed and local undercover sting in the nation’s capitol netted $7.2 million in cocaine, methamphetamines and other drugs as well as 161 weapons, with 70 people arrested,  Clarence Williams of the Washington Post reports.

In documents unveiled Monday, Christopher Washington–one of the arrested–offered handgrenades and a rocket launcher to an undercover officer.  Authorities called the sting  one of their most important weapons investigations in recent history.

“Had those drugs and guns made it to our streets, the consequences would be devastating,” D.C. police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said.

The Post reported that the FBI had wired a stylish Northeast Washington rowhouse where undercover officers dealt with the criminals.  The paper reported that the FBI, D.C. police, ATF and DEA and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “uncovered connections to a Mexican drug cartel and out-of-area gun traders that led to federal investigations in a half-dozen states and a murder case in El Salvador.”

To read more click here.