CONGRESSMAN JOE MORELLE CALLS ON ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL WHITTAKER TO ADDRESS GUN SHOP ROBBERIES THAT PUT GUNS IN THE HANDS OF DANGEROUS CRIMINALS
Today, Congressman Joe Morelle released a letter calling on acting Attorney General Whittaker to take immediate action to address the growing instances of gun store burglaries that allow legal firearms to flow into the black market and the hands of dangerous criminals.
In Monroe County, Chinappi’s Firearms and Supplies gun shop was burglarized seven times since 2007 alone, and just last year was burglarized twice in a week. In total, hundreds of guns and pallets of ammunition have been taken from one store alone, posing a significant threat to our community. In 2017, more than 575 gun shops were robbed nationwide, releasing thousands of guns onto the streets that were later traced to instances of violent crime.
“Investigating stolen weapons after the fact is simply not enough. We face a clear threat to our national safety, and I implore the Department of Justice to take this issue very seriously,” writes Rep. Morelle in the letter. “We need improved leadership within the ATF, a stronger commitment to gun shop safety, and decisive action to prevent violators from retaining their federal license to sell dangerous weapons.”