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Insider Exclusive: Gun Store Burglaries Up, More Guns Being Stolen, Says ATF

By Dave Workman

The dramatic smash-and-grab burglary of a Bellevue, Washington gun store — the second such incident at that store in the past two years — was part of what appears to be a growing trend, according to data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Insider Online spoke with ATF sources who confirmed that during the years from 2012 to 2016, gun store burglaries went up 48.01 percent, from 337 in 2012 to 558 in 2016. Data for 2017 will likely be available sometime next month, noted Jan Kemp, ATF information officer in Washington, D.C.

The number of firearms being stolen during those burglaries has gone up 72.53 percent. Jut take a look at the accompanying ATF chart. If people think criminals get their guns from gun shows or legitimately from retail outlets, the figures offer a hint to the contrary.

Source: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

That’s not all. Robberies of federally licensed firearms retailers went up 175 percent, from a dozen in 2012 to 33 in 2016. While it seems to be the zenith of stupidity to rob a gun shop, it is happening. The number of guns stolen during these robberies has climbed a startling 213.56 percent.

Handguns account for the majority of stolen guns. That’s the way it played out in Bellevue, where the thieves grabbed about four dozen handguns and used their stolen smash car to get away.

The Bellevue gun shop burglary involved three criminals using a stolen car to ram through the doors of the building. Insider Online is familiar with that shop, West Coast Armory, and it as secure a facility as we’ve ever seen with bars on the windows and doors, rugged locks, security cameras and an alarm.

The earlier caper had the perpetrators driving a stolen car through the brick wall! …read more

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