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LA Times Editorial: Feds Need to Crackdown on Illegal Gun Sales at Gun Shows

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By The Los Angeles Times
Editorial Page
LOS ANGLES — For shock value, they may not rank with the videos released last month showing ACORN workers giving tax advice to a couple of undercover investigators posing as a prostitute and her pimp. But New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s covert recordings of what really goes on at gun shows are appalling nonetheless.

In the midst of a reelection campaign in a Democratic-majority city, the Republican (sort of) Bloomberg has latched on to an issue that appeals mainly to liberals: gun control.

Though New York state has fairly restrictive gun laws, Bloomberg believes firearms bought out of state play a big role in Gotham’s crime problems. So he sent private investigators to seven gun shows in three states between May and August and posted the results, including video shot with hidden cameras, on a city-sponsored website.

“So no background check, right?” the investigators ask. “Because I probably couldn’t pass one.” The response, over and over, is laughter, a shrug or even admissions from gun sellers that they couldn’t pass one either. Out of 30 vendors approached, 19 sold guns to people they knew were barred from owning them.

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ATF Will Decide Whether To Launch Probes in Wake of NY Undercover Gun Buying Spree

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said it will review whether to take criminal action as a result of findings by the New York City’s mayors office, which had undercover investigators buy weapons from unlicensed dealers at gun shows in Nevada, Ohio and Tennessee.

“ATF has received the ‘Report on Illegal Sales at Gun Shows’ by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and is reviewing it along with the Department of Justice,” ATF said in a statement. “ATF did not participate in the operation conducted at the gun shows highlighted in the report, but will assess the need to initiate any criminal invesigations.”

The mayor’s report, which was released last week,  said undercover investigators bought guns from unlicensed dealers after they disclosed that they probably could not have passed a background check.

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Mexican Drug Cartels Using Women — and Even Grandmothers — to Smuggle Guns

Not surprising the Mexican drug cartels are trying every tactic in the book to bring guns in from America. Authorities say they’re using woman including grandmothers and expectant mothers to smuggle guns.

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By Kevin Johnson
USA TODAY
HOUSTON – Ann Zarate may be one of the most unlikely players to be swept up in Mexico’s unrelenting drug war.

The 24-year-old native of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley is described by her attorney Jodi Goodwin as a “quiet, super sweet” woman who ultimately could not resist the promise of easy money for precious little work.

Zarate was sentenced earlier this year to 10 months in federal prison as a buyer in a gun-trafficking ring that delivered 77 weapons to Mexico’s warring drug cartels.

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People Just Keep Bringing Guns to Airports

Airport crowdBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — You have to wonder what part of “no guns at airports” do people not understand?

The Transportation Security Administration continues to seize guns at our nation’s airports every week.

The latest: From Aug. 10 to Aug. 16, TSA reported that 34 firearms were found at airport checkpoints.

On top of that, seven passengers were arrested for suspicious behavior or fraudulent travel documents and there were 18 incidents involving a check point closure, terminal evacuation or sterile area breach, the TSA said.

ATF Busts Gun Traffickers With Possible Link to Mexican Drug Cartel

This certainly won’t put an end to the drug violence, but any bust that possibly involves the Mexican drug cartels is good.

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By Ruben Vives
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Four men were taken into federal custody this morning after a raid on a gun-trafficking ring that may be tied to a Mexican drug cartel, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

During the investigation, undercover agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) made a series of gun purchases that began in October 2008, according to a criminal complaint.

Several handguns and machine guns, drugs and documents listing the names of customers, as well as distribution locations, were recovered during searches at each of the men’s homes.

Officers and deputies from the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the case.

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El Paso FBI Agent Indicted on Charges of Selling Weapons Without a License and Lying

Not a good idea to break the law, particularly when you’re an FBI agent. Not only do you get jammed up in the legal system, but it becomes fodder for news organizations. And oh yes, there’s always a good chance you’re going to lose your job.

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By Adriana M. Chávez
El Paso Times
EL PASO, Tex — An FBI agent accused of buying and selling weapons and ammunition without a license, then lying about it, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury.

John Thomas Shipley, 39, was charged with one count of dealing firearms without a license, four counts of causing a firearms dealer to maintain false records and one count of making a false statement to federal authorities.

FBI officials in El Paso said Shipley has been suspended without pay since March, but they would not say how long he has been an agent.

The indictment alleges that he bought and sold weapons and ammunition on the Internet from January 2005 to May 2008.

He is accused of posting firearms for sale more than 200 times.

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25 Guns Found at Airport Checkpoints During Holiday Week

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The holiday week from June 29 to July 5 brought more than fireworks and hotdogs.

The Transportation Security Administration reported finding 25 firearms at airport checkpoints around the nation during that period.

Also during that time, six passengers were arrested for suspicious behavior or for fraudulent travel documents, the TSA said.

SCARY! Airline Employee Helps Passenger Smuggle Gun on U.S. Airways Flight

us-airwaysPeople continue to get caught trying to pass through airport security with guns. In the last week in May alone, 23 guns were seized at U.S. airport checkpoints. But this case is a reminder that some guns may be getting on planes. Scary.

By Tony Hanson
KYW Radio
PHILADELPHIA — Authorities say a gun and ammunition were found inside a carry-on bag on a flight from Philadelphia International Airport Thursday morning.

The flight was stopped as it was about to take off just after 7:00am and US Airways employee Roshid Milledge and a passenger, Damien Young, have now been charged in connection with the incident.

Authorities say the airline employee allegedly handed the bag with the gun to the passenger as he boarded the plane. The flight was bound for Arizona.

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