No Background Checks Are Necessary for Criminals

By Mark Walters

Hi-Caliber Gun Store Robbery
Hi-Caliber Gun Store Robbery

Mark Walters
Mark Walters

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Another day, another gang banging band of thugs burglarizing another gun shop.

I’m infuriated about what I’m writing about today; It's personal, and I’m going to try to do something about it. For the third time in 12 months, a close friend of mine has had his gun shop burglarized.

Back in March, the first time it was hit, a group of Atlanta gang bangers made their way to the shop in a sleepy little town about 40 miles outside the city, smashed a huge glass window and within 90 seconds made off with a handful of firearms including a few AR 15 rifles.

The following week, apparently emboldened by the success of the first hit, the same bangers struck again, this time upping the ante by getting away with over five figures worth of inventory. In an attempt to stop the robbery crew, my friend placed his inventory of gorilla-sized safe displays in front of the windows after rebuilding the damages to the storefront, making it virtually impossible to get in using the same tactics. Of course real criminal crews adapt and overcome, and this team was no different. Waiting and scouting the store over the next few months, they struck again on Wednesday, same MO, same bat time, same bat channel, around 0530. This time, though, the crew used a stolen Dodge Durango. They backed it up at full speed ramming it into the glass and brick facade, knocking a couple of the large safes backward just far enough that the scumbag boys on the ground could scurry inside like the cockroaches they are and make off with dozens of firearms in the glass cases. In and out in one minute, forty one seconds.

Here’s what a local paper had to say about the crime;

A stolen SUV was driven through the front window of a local gun shop early Wednesday and left at the scene as burglars made off with an undisclosed number of firearms, police said.The incident marks the third time this year that a gun store and shooting range located on XXXXX has been hit by gun thieves.

Detective Greg Bettis said police were dispatched to the scene just before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and arrived to discover a stolen Dodge Durango that was backed into the store’s window.“The vehicle was still there,” Bettis said, adding that it was the third time this year the shop’s been targeted by burglars looking to make off with firearms.

Plywood replaced the store’s large glass window Wednesday afternoon, but there were tire marks on the curb and in the grass from where the SUV was backed into the store. The shrubs in front of the window were destroyed, and black skid marks were visible on the sidewalk.The Dodge Durango used in the burglary, Bettis said, was reported stolen in DeKalb County.

Investigators believe that multiple people were involved in the break-in and that the suspects loaded the weapons into another vehicle before leaving the scene.“We’re concerned with the stolen contraband, but we’re more concerned with people continuing to make horrible decisions in our community,” Bettis said, adding that his department was looking to make an arrest in the case. As of press time, it was still unclear what types of weapons were stolen or how many were taken from the shop. Bettis said the store’s owner; XXXX was taking an inventory of the shop and working to access surveillance footage.

Three AR-15-style rifles valued at about $1,800 were taken from the store March 26. Thieves broke into the store again less than two weeks later using the same “smash-and-grab” technique to make off with even more of the popular semi-automatic rifles. All three burglaries occurred early in the morning—before 6 a.m.—and no arrests have been made as of yet. XXXX called the break-ins a “scourge on our community as a whole.

I might point out that this crime marks over 60 times that guns shops in the Atlanta metro area have been burglarized, losing hundreds of weapons during that period, now winding up on the streets.

I and some others in the local community have offered our assistance to our friend in his efforts to stop this from happening again.

While it hurts when a friend is hurting, and his business is suffering at the hands of scumbag criminals, there is more to this story. It is also evidence of the lies and misinformation put out by the humiliated and defeated enemies of our rights. How many times have we been subjected to the constant rantings of the left calling for more background checks to reduce crime,? Maybe it's their lies about some mysterious “iron pipeline” supplying “crime guns” to the major cities of the northeast and elsewhere due to our supposed “lax” gun laws down here in Georgia, for example?

Here’s the real truth. Criminals don’t need a background check to steal a Dodge SUV, ram it into a gun shop wall, enter illegally and take thousands of dollars worth of weapons.

This story and many others like it are proof of the false narrative put out by the gun-grabbers, who for too long have been blaming the guns in our safes for the actions of criminals.

I have offered my time, along with many others in the community to provide heavily armed overnight security until new measures can be built to keep this from happening again. I would be willing to bet a group of a couple dozen well placed, highly visible and heavily armed local citizens willing to use deadly force would keep this from happening a fourth time. How much you want to bet?

Mark Walters

 

About Mark Walters

Mark Walters is the host of two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio's Daily Defense with Mark Walters. He is the Second Amendment Foundations 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year award recipient and co-author of two books, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson (Whitefeather Press) and Lessons from UnArmed America with Rob Pincus (Whitefeather Press)

  • 25 thoughts on “No Background Checks Are Necessary for Criminals

    1. idea

      how about building a gun store as a big nuclear blast proof bunker and just shut the heavy blast door at night

      lets see these idiots try and break in a locked bunker as a store

    2. Back in the Eighties the owner of Kirk’s Gun Shop in El Paso used to lock up his inventory in a safe. The owners of
      another shop had all entrances to their premises sufficiently well armored ad barred to keep out burglars (two attempts were made that I know of.).

    3. You guys better calm it down a bit or else we’re going to start having to register before we can put a reply to these stories on here to include drug testing for hallucinogenic drugs? WTF? Where do you people come up with all these trivial horsesh*t?

      Wild Bil, you track their computer IP’s and let’s go hunt down where they are and confiscate their computer equipment until they reach puberty?

    4. Where I’m from many, if not most, businesses employ the vehicle block posts placed in front of entrances. Even grocery stores install them to prevent liquor and formula thefts. They’re a one-time expense that pay for themselves.

      Those of you advocating waiting in dark corners ready to bust caps, please get your meds checked. Hopefully no one knows you guys own guns because I hate the thought of you representing the rest of us. If the welfare check’s adequate and you have nothing to do at night, fine, go hide in a car protecting your LGS, but I promise you he’ll deny ever giving you his consent. No disrespect, by the way.

      Employee labor is deliriously costly; having a profitable business is predicated on the concept of profit, and every hour that you’re not engaged in generating profit requires the business to draw resources from those hours that ARE profitable. Paying a crew to monitor your business after-hours for months or longer would be debilitating, and would ultimately drive that business into bankruptcy unless that business was spectacularly profitable. In the event you met the astronomical odds of actually encountering an organized burglary, reality indicates those burglars simply running away and not even trying to engage armed men. If your team did shoot anyone, I guarantee it would be national news as soon as it happened, and then again when you and your team were prosecuted for “lying in wait,” and then again when you were civilly sued by the grieving families.

      I have little argument with a business employing an armed guard, but it has to be the right one for your business, and he’ll still be expensive. Putting a minimum-wage unarmed guard on property might offer a business an opportunity to get a call into PD prior to the burglary if the guard is sharp, but the crooks will most likely be aware of him, as well. Smaller businesses can’t afford this, anyway. I frequent a nearby gun range that also sells guns, and the owner is struggling to find enough hours for her employees, so there’s no way she can afford an after-hours guard (on the other hand, ALL her firearms inventory – even ammo – is locked away in these massive gun safes. No burglar would have time to break open a safe, so the most they’d get is a limited supply of Kydex crap and range bags. Maybe a two-year’s supply of paper targets.

      Maybe get one of your employees to conduct business processes after-hours? If your guy is stocking shelves or taking inventory chances are he’ll realize there’s a burglary when the doors crash open, which guarantees your employee will be engaged in a firefight, and most likely from an indefensible position.

      Much better, easier, and less expensive to install vehicle barriers. That’s your start. Frankly, and I know this will generate hate, but I think it’s not unreasonable for a municipality to require vehicle posts installed in any business selling guns; most businesses that do this do it through experience, but some smaller business don’t because it won’t happen to them. But gun shops are more problematic; the items they merchandise are highly desirable, easily marketed, and too often used in crime against others. I’m acquanted with a guy who’s a fringe prepper, and he made me realise that preppers may often be an end market for stolen firearms; some guy who buys a couple of stolen ARs and conceals them in a cache in case of the riots will not be conerned about their pedigree. Anyway, I hate the amount of regulation constantly facing the gun community, but those regulations seem to be designed to discourage ownership, or to limit gun access, but municipalities that require vehicle barriers are not interfering with ownership or access, merely requiring gun businesses to proactively provide reasonable defense against a method of theft that is becoming more common and that immediately places many dozens of firearms in the very hands of the people that serve to promote anti-gun regulations.

      Anyway, not hating in anyone, but I struggle with containing myself with that “shoot ’em up” portion if the gun communuty that has overly extremist views.

    5. Scum-bag’s at work yet again!
      But it still amazes be that ANYONE would own a gun store & leave weapons in display cases, in racks or on the wall over night. I’ve recently retired as a street cop in a major metropolitan city after 25 years of service & I’ve seen this happen over & over……& over. Secure your firearms while your business is closed. If that means that one has to lay out an initial $50-$100K (give or take) for large safes that are then bolted to the CBS wall or the floor within the shop, then so be it. If your staff has to spend an hour (give or take) both before opening & after closing each day to display & then secure the firearms…then so be it.
      As long as firearms are left out in a showroom while the business is closed, this will never end…..it doesn’t matter what type of grates, bars, etc. one has. They’ll just steal whatever size vehicle is needed to defeat the exterior security of any given store. They can breach the store……but they can’t breach a 1000 lbs or heavier safe(s).
      To all of you store owners out there……spend the $$ for quality safes & stop leaving firearms out unsecured while you’re closed.

      1. Jimmy K, You don’t get it. I should be able to leave my door unlocked if I want. If you make the crime of stealing a firearm or stealing anything for that fact, have some teeth we would not have this problem as bad. First strike 10 years minimum, second strike 20 years. Not one day less. I am tired of thieves and I know these guys are for sure.

        1. John, no disrespect, but you’re not getting it, either. Sure, we should be able to leave our doors unlocked, but those days are gone. If we could just wish for things we’d wish women had bigger tits or that we could win the lotto every week.

          As far as laws with teeth, we have laws against murder but that crap still happens. You could have mandatory prison for a gun theft and you’d still get gun thefts. Putting laws on the books means little, and giving full terms for crime will be problematic if prisons are overcrowded and politics are part of tge system. CA has a mandatory five years addition penalty above the initial crime, but with prison populations at an all-time high those enhancements are routinely waived or set aside. It is not uncommon for a criminal to get a six-year robbery sentence and a five-year enhancement only to serve four years before getting back on the street. Claiming that we should toughen our sentences is unrealistic to social and economic realities.

          Claiming that we should be able to leave guns in cabinets is like suggesting to your daughters that’s it’s okay to walk through the ghetto at night in a short skirt; whatever we think things should be doesn’t mean we have the luxery of being irresponsible. Pretty girls walking through any ghetto at night in a short skirt is an invitation to get raped, and leaving guns in glass cases in a shop with big glass doors is an invitation to a smash and grab. Worse, those guns will end up in a crime somewhere. Any cops who die, or women raped, or moms carjacked using guns taken in a burglary from a shop that was protected by locked glass doors and a sense of indignation that they should be able to feel safe, can be legally placed at the feet of the criminal, but those crimes can morally be shared with the shop owner for not taking steps to proactively protect his weaponry.

          Not harshing on you, but life is the way it is.

          1. Bob, No disrespect here either. Just stretching the facts a little. I would never leave my firearm out or leave my door unlocked. I know we will never get rid of crime totally but we need to make a thief stop and think for one minute. I know its not murder but the laws could be tough enough to make some criminals think twice about stealing a firearm. That is Common Sense Gun Control to me. Merry Christmas!!!!

    6. ARMED GUARDS inside.
      Once inside all scumbags are
      considered armed and dangerous
      having access to weapons.
      Blow them away with inventory
      they came to steal !

    7. Rather than a high-profile security team, how about a team strategically placed to cover all positions of the gun store while hidden from view. Put up a couple of remote really, really bright flood lights and when the scum bags appear and are in vulnerable positions, hit the lights and yell “Hands up!” Just a guess but I’d bet a couple of bucks the scumbags might start shooting at the lights which puts your security team’s lives at risk. Thus, you open fire and kill all the scumbags. Oh yeah, don’t forget a couple of video cameras so you can prove to the AG it was self-defense supported by the Castle Doctrine. That just might make a major change in the crime wave.

      1. Just make sure the krieg lights are NOT where the “helpers” are…. and illuminate well the lower floor area of the store next the point of entry. Thus they’d be blinded from the light, confused, panicked, and sitting ducks for all the hot lead they’d be dodging or stopping. I do think that would end such breakins.

        Then just to make certain, post the I-beams or large concrete filled steel pipes as a physical barrier.

        Once the team are all dead, I’ll bet the gun store break ins in that part of Georgia will end. My bet: one gang of clowns are responsible for all of them.

    8. After the first time I would have booby trapped my store. Some people may say I would get in trouble but I would not care. At a minimum I would hang the biggest trot line hooks I had from the ceiling and then shoot about a thousand 31/4″ nails into a bunch of 2X6’s and put them on the floor. It may not stop them but maybe they would leave some DNA behind. Further, after the second time I believe most of us would be living in our gun store waiting for the thugs to come back and give them what they deserve. THUGS FOR SLUGS! In my case it would be a semi auto 12 gauge loaded full of #00 buckshot.

      1. That would be SLUGS FOR THUGS, a phrase that I coined well over a year ago actually 3 years ago but no problem I would also put in some flash bang units just to throw them off their game. Forget the boards with nails put in some items that drop from the ceiling that way they don’t go to far.

    9. The author makes a great point about background checks. How about pointing out that this is the failure of the police to protect us from crime. If they can’t get it done let’s give them pink slips & find a private alternative.

      1. @Darren, Most respectfully, the job of the police is not to protect individuals or businesses. The job of “police” is to protect society as a whole by catching the perpetrators after a crime is committed. That is the theory. The private alternative that you seek is called security staff, private guards, and individual body guards.
        Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.

        1. @Will Bill Yes, the courts have ruled that the police have no responsibility to protect the individual. The fact remains that the govt promotes the “serve & protect” role of the police to the public. I would argue that the police exist to enforce the govt’s will on the people. They “protect” us only the way masters “protected” their slaves.

          As to the private alternatives:
          ‘If policy makers want to prevent violence, they should disarm the police and encourage gun ownership within the citizenry. There is historical precedent. In his book Frontier Justice, Wayne Gard describes the rampant corruption of politics and police in 1850’s San Francisco. Violence soared until the SF vigilante committee revived (1856). Within three months, Gard explains, “San Francisco had only two murders, compared with more than a hundred in the six months before the committee was formed.” ‘ https://wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.3742.10

          1. You should see the city now there are more murders than ever before, SF is almost a gun free city, there are no more gun shops and if you as much as get caught with a gun then off to prison you go. They even had a resolution to disarm the police this time around never went through.

    10. It would be nice to see a few of these scum bags gunned down. Trouble is, the parents and the community organizers would be screaming,” deyz wuz gud boyz and dint deserv toos be kild lik dat.”

    11. Scrap prices are down . Steel I beams buried around perimeter of building with a couple feet sticking up out of the ground, just like a tank trap..

        1. Do what they do around some areas, sink 12 inch pipes in the ground say 5 or 6 feet down fill them with cement and there you have it a barrier to someone trying to drive a truck through the front, by the way the pipes stick 4 feet out of the ground. I have seen those around other places and they work very well, a gun shop in the next town over from where I am had the same thing happen to them, they put those in and no has yet to try to drive into the place.

        2. All one need do is look to our Nation’s Capital. For once they had a good idea. Those huge retractable posts surrounding the entrances to Government buildings may be costly but they will stop anything including a tank.

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