Anonymous Tips Help Police Seize Illegal Guns

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, August 30, 2007

ATF Special Agent Stephen Martin is standing beside two long conference tables…both are covered with confiscated A-K-47s, rifles and handguns.  

"Guns like these were destined for the hands of criminals and destined for the streets of Sacramento. Project Gunslinger attacked and changed their destiny." 

During a seven-month pilot project that ended in April, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, local police and sheriff’s deputies seized nearly 450 firearms and arrested 19 people. More cases are pending. Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully says they’re going after people who are prohibited from owning guns.   

"We’re focusing on parolees and gangsters." 

ATF Agent Martin says people are using their anonymous tip line that offers rewards of $1,000 for information leading to the seizure of illegal firearms. 

"That was pretty successful. We’d never done that before on a local level. But they did call and we got some good information on that."

Gunslinger was originally designated as a pilot project, but because of the volume of firearms recovered, law enforcement officials say they’ll keep it going.