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MPD Recovered 17 illegal firearms Friday-Monday morning

by Prince Of Petworth February 22, 2017 at 10:40 am 8 Comments

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From MPD:

“Every day, the Metropolitan Police Department works to recover and investigate illegal firearms in Washington D.C. In addition to our patrol officers, the Department has specialized units—such as the Gun Recovery Unit (GRU), Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU), and Crime Suppression Teams (CSTs)—who work tirelessly to safely and respectfully secure illegal firearms and get them off of our streets. From Friday, February 17, 2017, through the morning of Monday, February 20, 2017, MPD detectives and officers recovered 17 illegal firearms in the District of Columbia.

Among the firearms recovered were:

Friday, February 17, 2017

· A black Taurus 9mm handgun (pictured below) was recovered in the 600 block of Girard Street, Northeast CCN: 17-027-416

· A silver Ruger .357 caliber handgun was recovered in the 5200 block of B Street, Southeast. CCN: 17-027-665

· A Taurus 9mm handgun was recovered in the 3300 block of 22nd Street, Southeast. CCN: 17-027-646

Saturday, February 18, 2017

· A black Ruger 9mm handgun was recovered in the Unit block of R Street, Northeast CCN: 17-028-060

· A black Glock .40 caliber handgun was recovered in the 300 block of Decatur Street, Northwest CCN: 17-028-066

· A black and silver Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun was recovered in the 100 block of Ivanhoe Street, Southwest CCN: 17-028-157

· A black and brown Astra .25 caliber handgun was recovered in the 3500 block of Stanton Road, Southeast CCN: 17-028-205

· A black Springfield Arms 9mm handgun was recovered in the 100 block of Q Street, Northwest. CCN: 17-028-293

· A black Taurus .40 caliber handgun was recovered in the 700 block of Princeton Place, Northwest. CCN: 17-028-167

Sunday, February 19, 2017

· A Taurus .40 caliber handgun was recovered in the 1300 block of Staples Street, Northeast. CCN: 17-028-875

· A black and brown .38 caliber revolver was recovered in the 4300 block of 3rd Street, Southeast. CCN: 17-028-671

· A black .22 caliber Berretta was recovered in the 2000 block of Alabama Avenue, Southeast. CCN: 17-028-719

Monday, February 20, 2017

· A black 9mm Glock semi-automatic handgun was recovered in the 6200 block of 8th Street, Northwest. CCN: 17-029-202

· A 9mm Ruger handgun was recovered in the 5000 block of Southern Avenue, Southeast. CCN: 17-029-352

· A .45 caliber Springfield Armory was recovered in the 3000 block of Stanton Road, Southeast. CCN: 17-029-347

· A silver 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun was recovered in the 1300 block of Congress Street, Southeast. CCN: 17-029-358

· A black 9mm Millenium Pro handgun was recovered in the 3100 block of Naylor Road, Southeast. CCN: 17-029-301

The Metropolitan Police Department also recovers firearms with the assistance of anonymous tips made through MPD’s anonymous tip line. Anyone who has information regarding gun recoveries should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411

  • northeazy

    It is obvious 100% of guns seized in the District come from out of state (no gun factory here.) It is also obvious that DC cannot erect some sort of structural barrier to prevent guns from coming in (check points, scanners, etc) as is the case at airports, ports of entry, etc.) Also, I think we can stipulate that so long as other states have gun factories, DC can never totally stem the tide of illegal guns coming into our city. Unless, we made guns legal. Similar to what some European countries did with drugs use. Has there ever been any serious consideration by the City Council on legalizing guns so as to induce people to openly register their guns, and themselves, with the District? The thinking is there will be less illegal guns if people can openly own them, and as a consequence the City will have a better handle on who owns guns. Obviously this will not stop all instances illegal ownership, but does any one think this would lessen the prevalence of illegal gun ownership? It certainly was the case with drugs in Portugal as an example. Crime dropped too.

    • JoDa

      Owning a gun *is* legal in DC. It’s not easy, but it is legal. And it does require registration. No one who possessed the guns above is going to buy one legally and register it. Legalizing guns with regulations is nothing like legalizing drug possession/use. No one in Portugal is required to undergo a background check and register their purchase of {drug of choice} with the government. Also, point of clarification, Portugal did not *legalize* drugs, i.e., allow your corner market to sell you an 8 ball, they decriminalized small possession and use. You still committed a crime by buying or possessing “personal use” quantities, but the penalty for getting caught is treatment (and possibly a fine), not hard jail time that doesn’t solve the underlying problem. What is the “treatment program” that would reduce gun crime?
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      What making it easier to own a gun in DC would do is increase the number of guns used in crimes *and stolen from legal owners who live in the District* (I’m not arguing that it would increase gun crime…just change the way the criminals obtain their still ill-gotten weapons). You can’t just walk into a gun shop in MD, VA, or anywhere else, write down your DC address, and walk out with a firearm of your choice. These guns were not legally obtained. If it were easier to purchase a gun in DC, these people would still not be legally obtaining their firearms.

      • stacksp

        Wouldn’t it also increase the ability for law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their homes?

        • JoDa

          While we do tend to hear about them because they are horrific crimes, home invasions (occupants present) are very rare. When one does happen, it tends to take one of two forms: occupants are sleeping or push-in. It is not recommended that you walk around your home packing (and, as I always say, I don’t want to live in a world where I have to be armed to do {XYZ}, and sit on my couch would be high on the list), so in a push-in situation, you’d have to get away from the perp, get your weapon, and then use it for defense. It’s also not recommended that you keep your weapon in your nightstand (I know it makes for great cinematic drama, but it’s also the way you end up shooting your sleepwalking 8-year-old when your disoriented mind can’t figure out who the shadowy figure that woke you up is), so nighttime home invasions are also hard to defend. If you don’t secure your weapon in a safe (unloaded is recommended), the risk of it being stolen in a (much more common) burglary (occupants away) is significant.
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          If you live in a large home with a good security system, where you’d have time to retrieve and load a weapon if someone broke in in the middle of the night and the alarm woke you, then, sure, you might end up defending yourself/family with said weapon. In a typical DC home (fairly small, stairs to the bedrooms near entry points), the perps would be on you before you could shove the clip in. In the latest that I’ve seen, in 2012, 259 justifiable gun-related homicides were reported. Out of ~100M gun owners and 1.2M violent crimes.
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          If you still feel strongly that a firearm would help you in home defense, you *can* buy one and own it in the District. There’s hoops and red tape, but no law-abiding citizen is prohibited from owning a weapon.

      • northeazy

        good points. Was just kind of spitballing a way to lessen illegal guns while not making it easier to commit crimes with guns. Another alternative would be to drastically increase the penalties for illegal ownership, but I know that is fraught will all sort of issues, including racial, financial, and 2nd amendment concerns, not to mention DC’s problem of sending convicted felons off to far flung federal prisons away from their families.

        • JoDa

          Unfortunately, the only good way I can think of to reduce illegal guns is to require legal gun owners *across the country* to properly store and secure their weapons. Some states have taken small steps, such as requiring trigger locks when children are in the home or making it a crime to not report a stolen weapon, but these are drops in the bucket. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that the most common way criminals obtain guns is by stealing them or receiving a weapon they knew was stolen (38% of inmates who had committed a crime while armed reported these combined methods of acquisition…this notably excludes those who received a gun improperly/illegally, but reported that they did not *know* it was stolen…ATF reports that, in 93% of cases they investigated, the subject gun was obtained illegally). While smuggling is a concern, the Bureau reported that, of the guns used in crimes that they traced, over 70% were originally sold in the United States. Finally, the Bureau reports that there are over 300,000 *reported* incidents of gun theft a year, with some of those cases involving multiple stolen weapons. Keeping legally purchased guns in the hands of legal owners would significantly reduce gun crimes.
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          But this would require national legislation and also penalties for owners that do not comply with said legislation. The first is unlikely unless 2020 is an absolute bloodbath for Republicans at all levels (and it’s still not super-likely even if that happens). The second is not going to be well-received by anyone (even people like me, who believe owning a firearm is a responsibility before it is a right, have a hard time swallowing penalties like jail time for those who improperly store weapons and have them stolen). Properly securing a weapon is also not the cheapest thing in the world, and you know there are going to be objections such as “but poor people who supplement their diets with hunted meat can’t afford such measures…are we just going to let them starve since they can’t afford the ‘proper containers?'” (Forget the fact that these laws could be applied only to handguns and be very effective)
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          There are two competing realities here: stolen, legally purchased guns are a primary source of firearms used in crimes; and there’s no political will to deal with this problem.

          • JoDa

            Couple of other point I thought of on the bus:
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            “Wouldn’t reducing guns obtained through theft just increase smuggling?” It’s just my opinion, but smuggling a gun is a whole lot harder than grabbing one out of someone’s “secret hiding place” in the lingerie drawer while burglarizing their home. At the very least, several people along the line are going to want payment for their part in the process of smuggling, making the illegal gun more expensive. Big-time criminals would probably still be able to get guns, even if we managed to reduce thefts to zero. But your 15-year-old who’s holding people up for pocket change and iPhones? He’s going to have less access. This is the type of crime that a *massive* percentage of everyday citizens are most likely to encounter.
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            “Isn’t there some middle ground between throwing legal gun owners who have their weapons stolen through negligence in jail and sitting around ruminating about how we just wish there was something we could do, by golly gee?” Maybe. Not right now, for sure. But if the political climate changes, requiring all first-time purchasers of firearms (or at least handguns) to take a safety course could *improve* the situation. Ignorance is at least part of the problem. The courses aren’t that expensive ($120-150 through the NRA…some areas have police/sheriff taught courses that may cost less) or burdensome (it’s *4* hours!), and a one-time requirement isn’t cumbersome, in my opinion. There are others who will disagree with my assessment that this isn’t cumbersome, but it’s the only realistic middle ground that I can think of.

          • JoDa

            Should also note that when my home was burglarized, they didn’t “ransack” much (took mostly electronics in plain view), but the two places they did rifle through were my top two dresser drawers and my nightstands. These are common hiding places for valuables and weapons. The criminals know what they’re doing…you don’t. If you’re going to have a firearm, get a safe. If you want it to be “easy access,” get one that operates on fingerprints (fastest to open and you won’t be fidgeting around with keys and/or combinations when your adrenaline is pumping and you may only be half awake). A safe is not only the best way to prevent your weapon from being stolen, it’s the best way to prevent a tragic incident like a child getting ahold of your gun.

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