Tuesday, May 21, 2013

World 'O' Hurt, X2

For all parties involved in this story sent in by Jeff in OR...

3 people caught on camera stealing gun from store
HOOKSETT, N.H. —Hooksett police are searching for three people accused of stealing a gun from a business.

Police said a woman and two men stole a 357 Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun from Riley's Sport Shop.

Surveillance cameras show the woman reaching around one of the cabinets and removing a gun and knife.

Police said she then walked to the back of the store and cut off the security tag on another gun. She and the two men are seen leaving the store with a gun.

All parties involved are in for some nasty times. The people that stole the firearm can be prosecuted at the federal level for stealing a firearm from a licensed FFL. And the FFL could come under scrutiny from the ATF for the security or lack thereof. Unless, of course, they can prove that the stolen gun is going to Mexican cartels, that is...

It will be interesting to see how this plays out (although it's not like there will ever be any followup to speak of). I'd be willing to bet money that when (not if) they are caught, there will be no federal charges and the state charges will be pleaded down to misdemeanor theft. Something tells me that if we really did prosecute to the fullest extent of the law - say, adding the 5 year federal sentence to be served consecutively with the state charges - that folks might think twice before pulling a stupid stunt like this.


And while I'm dreaming, I'd like to see .22LR available again...

That is all.



7 comments:

Bubblehead Les. said...

Well, look on the Bright Side: Where are they going to get .357 Sig Ammo for it nowadays?

Brad_in_MA said...

Jay,

I scored a 525 round box of Federal copper plated 36 grain hollow-point .22lr a few weeks ago at another shop in Hookset. At the time they also had Federal 223 fodder at $409/1000. For comparison, a relatively new shop in Hudson, NH recently had some PMC bronze at $675/1000. Yeah, they're kind of insane.

Email me if you want details.

- Brad

Wally said...

I think the only two people on earth who shoot 357sig (or 9mm fat a$$ as Weerd lovingly calls it) are MikeW and myself....

Thankfully I laid it in cheap and deep in '08 :)

Dave H said...

I considered getting a .357 Sig barrel for my MP40 compact, thinking a less common caliber might be more available, but right now .40 S&W is relatively easy to find and a darned sight cheaper.

If only .380 was as cheap.

Wally said...

357sig is however simple and cheap to reload for using the ubiquitous 9mm pill. And even in times like these they are easy enough to find.

Crotalus said...

What'll you bet that the thieves are BATFEces agents?

Dan F said...

@Dave H: Oh, M&P .40. I saw "MP-40 compact in .357SIG" and drooled a little.