ATF: Criminals exploiting Alabama gun laws

ATF: Criminals exploiting Alabama gun laws

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says Alabama is an easy target for criminals to get a gun. For years, we’ve told you about the stolen gun problems in Mobile, including last year’s police campaign telling legal gun owners to lock up their weapons . The ATF says there is a strong second amendment belief in Alabama as well as other surrounding states, but not a state system of registration or firearm requirements. "People know that, so this becomes a pipeline almost for firearms leaving legal commerce and then they are sold at flea markets and, etc. Buyers may not ask all the questions they should and someone a little smart and configures state laws and goes from Chicago – a place that has extreme firearms violence but has very strict state laws about purchase," said Marcus Watson. Marcus Watson runs the AFT field division that oversees Alabama. He says our state is a source state for guns because "gun laws here are lax compared to other states." "Someone may purchase 10 firearms legally, go out and shoot them, then they transfer that firearm not from dealer to dealer but individual to individual," said Watson. Watson says another problem is the lack of gun registration requirements here make it difficult for law enforcement to determine if a gun was stolen or not in certain crimes. "It is a huge problem," he said. He says a "gray market" has emerged in Alabama, selling firearms on […]

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