Five arrested for straw buying guns for Louisville gang

If convicted these five should be placed under the jail frankly

Contrary to what many gun control advocates claim, criminals tend to get their guns through criminal means. They either steal them, buy them on the black market, or use a straw buyer. A gang in Louisville, KY used that last one to get their hands on some firepower, and now five people who are alleged to have helped have been arrested.

Authorities have arrested and charged five people with buying firearms to fuel a gang in Louisville.

Those suspects, alleged members or associates of the Victory Party Crips gang, used a third party without felony convictions to legally purchase 41 guns, officials say. Police recovered 10 weapons when the suspects were arrested; they say the remaining weapons have been identified but not yet recovered.

Weapons purchased for the Victory Party Crips gang are often used for narcotics trafficking, intimidating other gangs and earning reputation, according to police.

Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad said the arrests could have “a chilling effect” on gang activity which continues to trouble the city.

The investigation started in April on an unrelated indictment, which led police to recover a weapon. Tracing that weapon back, police found a third party purchased all but four guns within normal procedures from River City Firearms, a gun shop in Louisville.

Police traced dozens of guns in this particular investigation but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has traced hundreds of thousands of guns in other crimes.

If we want to punish “gun crimes” then we need to lay the hammer down on straw purchasers, something Team Obama rarely did. Instead Team Obama enabled Eric Holder to arm vicious cartels in Mexico by forcing gun stores to sell weapons to these cartels under the guise of “tracing” the weapons back to cartel heads. That, of course was a massive FAIL. Gee maybe enforcing laws would work better? Why not try that?

3 thoughts on “Five arrested for straw buying guns for Louisville gang”

  1. Yeah. Too many gangbangers getting grannie or at least someone with a clean record to buy their guns for them, figuring they’ll get off lightly has to stop. Put some teeth in the laws already on the books!

  2. Did I read the article correctly? If a single person has bought that many guns (41) from a single shop since April, that ought to have set off some warning bells. Straw purchasers do indeed need to be slapped down as hard as the law allows.

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