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Gun Crime Info in Philadelphia
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http://www.philly.com/philly/news/201304..._guns.html

Past the bloviating, the PPD and DA's office are reporting some statistics.

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It's a myth that most of Philly's illegal guns are driven up from the South and sold out of car trunks along with cellphones and knock-off purses and sunglasses.

Of the 9,591 firearms that ATF recovered and traced in Pennsylvania in 2011, 53 percent were homegrown, first purchased legally in the Keystone State.

Federal, state and local authorities have successfully cracked down on straw purchasers. "Straws" - as they are called - are gun buyers who have no criminal record. Felons, who can't buy guns legally, hire straws to do it for them. Frequently, the straw then reports the gun stolen to avoid criminal responsibility when it's used in a crime.

Philadelphia's Gun Violence Task Force has arrested 822 people for straw purchasing or other gun-trafficking offenses since its 2006 inception. At least 342 of them have been convicted.

But because there are so many guns on Philly's streets, criminals don't need straw purchasers.

Street thugs also know that even if a crime gun is recovered, tracing it can be challenging - if not impossible. On average, 11 years pass from when a weapon is legally purchased to when police recover it after a crime. By then, countless people could have owned the gun.

To further snag investigators, criminals have become savvy at obliterating weapons' serial numbers.

"Phantom guns," investigators call them.

Take the case of the .380 used in eight shootings in seven months in that slice of Grays Ferry.

In December 2008, police found the pistol in the hands of Aquil Atwell, then 18, a member of the 27th Street gang who was warring with the 31st Street gang.

Atwell was cocky about his thuggish ways. At 5-feet 11-inches, 155 pounds, Atwell had a tattoo of a "2" in the shape of a gun on his left arm and a bullet-riddled number "7" on his right.

Atwell was accused of using the .380 to shoot Ricky Moore - an alleged 31st Street gang member - in the foot on Dec. 11, 2008.

Detectives had found shell casings from that gun in seven other shootings in the previous six months, including a shootout on Aug. 18, 2008, that left Atwell with a bullet wound to his left arm.

Because half the serial number had been removed from the .380, investigators were unable to trace the gun. It remains in the police department's evidence room at City Hall.

Charges against Atwell in the Moore shooting were dismissed. Atwell's attorney argued that police did not have cause to search him when officers found the gun.

Moore told police he was unable to identify the man who shot him.

Investigators couldn't tie the other shootings to Atwell either.

But Atwell would not go unarmed for long.

In July 2011, police stopped him after he ran a stop sign and he was charged with driving under the influence. At the time, he was on probation for a drug case.

A .40-caliber handgun, loaded with nine rounds, one in the chamber, was on the floor behind the passenger's seat of the Buick he was driving.

Atwell is now serving a 2 1/2- to 5-year sentence for that weapons offense. Investigators attempted to trace the gun but found nothing.

One more Philly phantom gun.
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Quote:Philadelphia's Gun Violence Task Force has arrested 822 people for straw purchasing or other gun-trafficking offenses since its 2006 inception. At least 342 of them have been convicted.

41%? Only in government jobs can a failing grade be seen as a good thing.
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streaker69;95729 Wrote:
Quote:Philadelphia's Gun Violence Task Force has arrested 822 people for straw purchasing or other gun-trafficking offenses since its 2006 inception. At least 342 of them have been convicted.

41%? Only in government jobs can a failing grade be seen as a good thing.

Just remember that they need more power for post-conviction sentencing powers to make up for their lack of convictions, although that's not how they'll tell it.
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