Feds: Bulger likely bought guns via private sales
Let's take a look at this paragraph again.Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 | 6:31 a.m.Reports filed by prosecutors in the case against James "Whitey" Bulger show the Boston mobster bought at least 15 handguns and a 12-gauge shotgun during his years as a fugitive.
The Boston Globe ( http://bo.st/TQcwRK) reports that firearms tracing reports show Bulger may have purchased the weapons from gun shows in Nevada and Utah. By law, those dealers would not be required to conduct background checks or even ask for a buyer's identification.
The 83-year-old Bulger is charged in connection with 19 murders. He was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011 after more than 16 years on the run.
Federal investigators found nearly 30 firearms, including pistols, revolvers, shotguns and rifles, tucked away in Bulger's apartment.
His trial is scheduled to begin in June.
The Boston Globe ( http://bo.st/TQcwRK) reports that firearms tracing reports show Bulger may have purchased the weapons from gun shows in Nevada and Utah. By law, those dealers would not be required to conduct background checks or even ask for a buyer's identification.What happens when we follow the link to boston.com
The tracing reports of the guns seized from Bulger, which were first filed in court last June with redactions and then refiled on Thursday with more complete information, reveal that agents were unable to determine when and where Bulger acquired most of the guns.And the article continues, would a 'universal background' have stopped Bulger from buying a gun legally?
Mitchell conceded that universal background checks probably could not have stopped someone like Bulger, who had fake driver’s licenses from several states, from getting guns. But he added that in the wake of the massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., in December, and other mass shootings, more gun restrictions are needed.
“Obviously anybody who managed to elude one of the most determined manhunts in US history would certainly figure out a way to buy weapons in Southern California,” said New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell, part of a group of mayors pushing for stricter gun control, and also a former federal prosecutor who oversaw efforts to track Bulger.
“The highly motivated, highly knowledgeable individual is more likely to beat the system even if it’s a little harder,” Pierce said. “We’re really looking at whether you can stop the less motivated individuals.”The universal background check and gunshow loophole lie pushed by the left.
Obama & the Leftist Have ZERO Credibility on Gun Control