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aileron
01-29-2007, 5:42 AM
I just cant believe this passes as reporting. :(

And its an attack on century arms.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2007/01/28/m1a_streetguns_0128.html



Assault rifles escalate violence

By Michael Laforgia

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Sunday, January 28, 2007

DELRAY BEACH Cheap, available assault rifles, which closely resemble the Kalashnikov AK-47s brandished by Iraqi insurgents and African rebels alike, have become the weapons of choice for gang members and other violent criminals in Palm Beach County.

Growing numbers of criminals are favoring these powerful semiautomatic weapons, which, authorities say, have greatly enhanced their capacity for indiscriminate violence. In the past six months, assault rifles have been used to maim or kill dozens, including bystanders such as a 50-year-old father of three and an 8-month-old baby.

Local officials interested in tracing these weapons' paths from federally licensed importers to the trunks of gang members' cars could begin at an unassuming gray building on South Congress Avenue.

Century International Arms Inc., one of the continent's largest dealers in surplus military weapons, has been headquartered here, just across from a sheriff's substation, for the past two years.

The beginning of the U.S. supply chain, federally licensed importers such as Century International sell guns to licensed dealers, from whom the guns might be stolen or bought and illegally resold, authorities said.

In August, one of thousands of guns the company has imported and shipped to dealers nationwide was found in the Boynton Beach apartment of a felon and reputed gang member, 25-year-old Frisner St. Cyr.

Feud ramps up violence

Citing an open investigation, detectives wouldn't share information about how the semiautomatic rifle wound up in St. Cyr's hands. Federal law bars the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from publicly sharing gun trace information, a spokeswoman said.

St. Cyr, convicted of felony battery in 2002 and a reputed member of the B-Town Boys gang, was shot in the back outside a suburban Boca Raton nightclub in February. Soon after, a violent feud between the B-Town Boys and rival San Castle Soldiers began to escalate.

According to information from sheriff's reports and markings on the weapon found in St. Cyr's apartment, most of the rifle, a semiautomatic RomArm GP WASR-10, traveled from a manufacturer in Cugir, Romania, to Century International's warehouse in Georgia, Vt., where it would have been refurbished with five American-made parts to make it compliant with federal laws.

The rifle gave St. Cyr the ability to fire 30 7.62mm rounds without stopping to reload. Guns like this enabled criminals in Riviera Beach to fire 37 times during a Jan. 1 drive-by, killing 8-month-old Tavares Carter Jr., authorities said.

Because the weapons are powerful, readily available and relatively inexpensive, gang members in Palm Beach County are increasingly using AK-47-style rifles, said sheriff's Lt. Mike Wallace, head of the county violent crimes task force. The guns can be bought on the street for $300 to $500, Wallace said. Often they've been stolen or bought legitimately and resold, he said.

"It seems to be the weapon of choice right now," Wallace said, adding: "It's a weapon of war, and the function is to kill and maim. When somebody gets hit with that, it causes horrendous damage."

The damage, inflicted during 2006, the county's most deadly year since 1994, has stood out in recent months:

In July, deputies found reputed gang member Jeremiah Dolbrus, 21, clutching a loaded AK-47-style rifle in the wreckage of a car, which had crashed after he and gang leader Maken Delva had fled the scene of a drive-by in West Palm Beach, sheriff's reports said.

In August, 50-year-old Franck Joseph, a landscaper, was killed by gang members firing an assault rifle in another drive-by.

In September, Jonquinton Jackson, 20, was killed and two others were wounded by at least one shooter wielding an assault rifle in the parking lot of a motel on Hypoluxo Road.

When it comes to bringing these rifles and other guns into the country, Century International claims to lead the way; however, a company spokesman wouldn't share information about how many weapons it imports each year.

The arms company, which, through former executives, has been linked to the Iran-Contra affair and the Nicaraguan Sandinista movement, originally made its headquarters in Boca Raton when it moved to Palm Beach County in 1993.

Regulating deficits abound

The same year, Century International drew attention for its dealings with China North Industries Corp., or NORINCO, one of China's largest defense conglomerates. As a major importer of NORINCO weapons, Century International imported thousands of Chinese rifles and sold them to American dealers.

In Palm Beach County, 76 of 124 assault rifles confiscated and turned over to the sheriff's office armory in the past 15 years were AK-47-style rifles, inventory records show. Of those, NORINCO manufactured more than half.

Because armory records note serial numbers but not importer stamps, it's impossible to say whether Century International brought in any of those rifles.

Century International's policies state the company only sells weapons and ammunition to federally licensed dealers.

"We strictly observe all requirements of state and federal law in conducting our business operations," said Mark Barnes, Century International's attorney, in a written statement. "As a good corporate citizen we take steps to assure ourselves that our firearms customers, all federal firearms dealers and distributors themselves, are committed to the same objective regarding the responsible use of our products."

Problems arise when dealers are burglarized or when private buyers sell guns through gun shows or classified ads, authorities said. Wallace said unregulated gun shows are probably the biggest supplier of assault rifles to criminals in Palm Beach County.

"You could pretty much go to any gun show at the South Florida Fair grounds and get all the education you want about where the guns come from," said another gang investigator, who asked not to be identified.

State law leaves regulating gun shows to county governments.

In 1999, the county commission passed an ordinance requiring criminal background checks for all guns sold at gun shows and a mandatory five-day waiting period for all gun sales. The task of enforcing these laws falls to the sheriff's office and other local agencies. Wallace said he didn't know whether the sheriff's office conducts regular compliance checks at gun shows.

On Friday, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said he's scrutinizing the county code to find more and better ways to enforce its gun-sale ordinances.

Weapons ban suggested

Still, gun-control proponents said, more should be done.

"Florida could and should enact a meaningful assault weapons ban, the kind of thing that dramatically affects gangs and drug dealers who want to get assault weapons but has no meaningful effect on the average gun owner," said Zach Ragbourn, spokesman for the national Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

A representative of the National Rifle Association wouldn't comment for this story.

Asked about what possible practical uses law-abiding gun owners might have for high-powered assault rifles, Barnes, Century International's attorney, replied: "The same uses for any lawfully owned and used firearm: target shooting, sport shooting, self defense and collecting."

Ragbourn pointed to California, which restricts the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as one example Florida could follow.

Alameda County, Calif., sheriff's Sgt. Colby Staysa said California's assault weapon laws have reduced the number of high-powered rifles on the streets of his county.

Although that county is smaller than Palm Beach County, it has a similar population, per-capita income and poverty rate, according to Census data.

"The assault weapon ban is an incredible tool used by gang investigators in California," said Staysa, who heads his agency's gang unit and is a court-certified assault weapons expert.

Fewer assault rifles means less risk for innocent bystanders, Staysa said.

"Beforehand, it was more common to see multiple rounds fired into houses," he said. "We're still seeing assault rifle assaults, but they're not nearly as common."

Even so, the sheriff's office said, violent crime rose dramatically in Alameda County last year, especially in the county seat, Oakland.

People there are still shooting each other, Staysa said. They're just using less-powerful guns.

Aluisious
01-29-2007, 6:18 AM
The article was doing well until they talked to the idiots at Brady.

Aluisious
01-29-2007, 6:20 AM
People there are still shooting each other, Staysa said. They're just using less-powerful guns.
Hahahahahahahaha...

...ahahahahhahahaha...

...hahahahahahahaha!

:mad:

Bimmerworld
01-29-2007, 7:10 AM
I was going to write that moron and critique his article, but it seems he has already lumped me in with the "Assault weapon loving gang banger" crowd.

Excuse me while I go rob a 7-11.

CSACANNONEER
01-29-2007, 7:20 AM
Yea, and we all know that cars cause accidents and wood causes splinters.

6172crew
01-29-2007, 7:27 AM
I was going to write that moron and critique his article, but it seems he has already lumped me in with the "Assault weapon loving gang banger" crowd.

Excuse me while I go rob a 7-11.
Could you grab me a copy of the new Guns and Ammo while your at it?:cool:

Nefarious
01-29-2007, 7:50 AM
Could you grab me a copy of the new Guns and Ammo while your at it?:cool:
and me a slurpee
heck throw in an almond joy :D

CalNRA
01-29-2007, 8:40 AM
I can't remember last time I could get a full-auto Sturmgeweher legally from a FFL. The laws are definitely keeping me from becoming a banger going postal at traffic stops

See, liberals are competent, resourceful journalists when it comes togun issues.

megavolt121
01-29-2007, 8:56 AM
"The assault weapon ban is an incredible tool used by gang investigators in California," said Staysa, who heads his agency's gang unit and is a court-certified assault weapons expert

And we all know educated assault weapons experts are...

CSACANNONEER
01-29-2007, 9:09 AM
To become a "court certified" assault weapons expert you need to prove to the court that you can make a bullet come out of the muzzle. When doing this the muzzle should be pointed at the bench! At least that's what a DOJ agent and AW expert taught me.

DedEye
01-29-2007, 2:13 PM
What's a semi-automatic assault rifle? :confused:

Aluisious
01-29-2007, 2:15 PM
What's a semi-automatic assault rifle? :confused:
It's kinda like a high powered carbine.

Mute
01-29-2007, 2:49 PM
Sure. And I'm guessing that eating utensils escalates obesity. :rolleyes:

calebjon
01-29-2007, 5:28 PM
especially the spork ;)

PIRATE14
01-29-2007, 5:43 PM
This is merely media posturing for the Liberals and their campaign to once again start a ban on AW.......just watch this type of reporting will continue and they'll throw in the Terrorist angle as well.....:mad:

Smokeybehr
01-29-2007, 6:50 PM
To become a "court certified" assault weapons expert you need to prove to the court that you can make a bullet come out of the muzzle. When doing this the muzzle should be pointed at the bench! At least that's what a DOJ agent and AW expert taught me.

The Mahogany Hunter strikes again!

Aluisious
01-29-2007, 7:06 PM
Sure. And I'm guessing that eating utensils escalates obesity. :rolleyes:
Forks: the silent killers.

Aluisious
01-29-2007, 7:07 PM
To become a "court certified" assault weapons expert you need to prove to the court that you can make a bullet come out of the muzzle. When doing this the muzzle should be pointed at the bench! At least that's what a DOJ agent and AW expert taught me.
Wait wait wait wait wait wait wait...I missed something good along the way.

Links, please!

megavolt121
01-29-2007, 8:11 PM
To become a "court certified" assault weapons expert you need to prove to the court that you can make a bullet come out of the muzzle. When doing this the muzzle should be pointed at the bench! At least that's what a DOJ agent and AW expert taught me.

Sweet we're all AW experts.

I, Megavolt121, am an Assault Weapons expert... hahahahaha

Charliegone
01-29-2007, 8:16 PM
Yeah...I'm an expert. You can randomly spray fire from the hip without reloading...I tell you these AW's are dangerous, somehow bullets just magically appear in my magazine after I finished spraying and praying, I'm also hitting everything in sight. You name it. People fall like if I kicked them in the chest...sort of like Chuck Norris does on a good day. Hell I don't even have to aim...I'm that good.

paradox
01-30-2007, 5:56 AM
Wait wait wait wait wait wait wait...I missed something good along the way.

Links, please!

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=43474

But then again, you can't read this post, so I guess you're SOL

Ha Ha