Rash of gun store burglaries the result of firearm crackdown, ATF says

KMBZ News Staff
August 29, 2018 - 7:12 am
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Kansas City, MO - Local and federal law enforcement officials are looking for connections in a string of gun store burglaries in and around Kansas City over the past six weeks.

Federal agents have been cracking down on guns on the black market, and criminals need to replenish their inventory, said John Ham, public information officer with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

"As we have been more and more successful working with our partners over the past several months, now the criminals are looking to obtain those guns in a different way," Ham said.

People who plan on going to gun-free zones, Ham suggests thinking twice about taking the gun along and leaving it in the car. Thieves are looking for those types of opportunities. 

"We have seen more and more, the criminals going to the parking lots of areas outside of places where they know that guns aren't allowed," Ham said.

The quicker an arrest is made the better the chance of keeping the stolen guns off the street, Ham said. 

People with information about any of the recent thefts are asked to call the ATF Hotline at 1-800-ATF-GUNS.

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