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Campaign in Mississippi to stop illegal gun sales

Josey1Josey1 Member Posts: 9,598 ✭✭
edited July 2004 in General Discussion
Campaign in Mississippi to stop illegal gun sales

Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. - Federal prosecutors in Mississippi will participate in a program to educate retailers on how to detect illegal purchases of firearms.

U.S. Attorneys Dunn Lampton and Jim Greenlee said in a statement that that the program also is designed to raise public awareness of the seriousness of the crime of buying a firearm for someone who cannot legally do so themselves.

They said those convicted of buying a gun illegally can face up to 10 years in prison.

"We will enforce the law," Lampton said in the statement. "If you are caught, don't say we didn't warn you."

The "Don't Lie for the Other Guy" campaign is a joint program of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Department of Justice; and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The program was started four years ago to help firearms dealers recognize potential illegal sales. It was expanded to add a public awareness campaign, said Doug Painter, president of the NSSF.

Painter said the campaign has included meetings with 350 federally licensed firearms retailers across Mississippi.

Painter said Lampton and Greenlee will participate in public service announcements for the campaign.

"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the people's liberty teeth keystone... the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable... more than 99% of them by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference. When firearms go, all goes, we need them every hour." (Address to 1st session of Congress)


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    mudgemudge Member Posts: 4,225 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Is this piece saying that the retailers don't ALREADY know how to spot an illegal sale? Holy crud! The NICS has only been in effect for what, 10 years or so?

    Mudge the shocked

    I can't come to work today. The voices said, STAY HOME AND CLEAN THE GUNS!<BR>
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