Richmond Police Chief calls for change in gun laws after Brooklyn bust

Cheryl Sanders
March 10, 2017

The defendants allegedly traveled by vehicle or bus to NY with the firearms and met the purchaser to complete the sale.

Robert Marcus, the owner of Bob's Gun Shop in Norfolk, said gun dealers take gun trafficking seriously.

Many defendants in this case were associated with Bloods gangs in Virginia and Brooklyn, the Brooklyn DA's office said.

"In this unique case, we charged more defendants and recovered more firearms than in any other case in Brooklyn's history", said Gonzalez.

Herring and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the commonwealth needs universal background checks and other revisions to gun laws.

"I can do that everyday, Monday through Friday.spend ten bands.and they may start looking at me but in Virginia our laws is so little, I can give guns away". "I'm not surprised in the lease because we've known that this thing is going on".


Among the items seized in this trafficking ring were Glocks, tommy guns, AR- and AK-style weapons along with extended ammunition magazines and 50-round drums. "We're as interested in it as anyone to make sure guns don't get in the wrong hands, but there are limitations on what we can do", Marcus said.

Twenty-two Virginia residents have been charged with weapon and conspiracy charges - the result of a long-term investigation by the New York City Police Department's Firearms Investigations Unit and the Brooklyn, N.Y., District Attorney's Office, according to a news release from the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill and Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a joint news briefing, "By removing each of these guns from the streets we have prevented numerous crimes", Gonzalez said. "We will go wherever we must, including other states, to continue fighting the scourge of firearms trafficking".

Damian King (Havoc), 27, of Bristow, Va.

Gonzalez noted that some of the defendants were caught on wiretaps boasting about their ability to get weapons and mocking Virginia's weak gun laws.

'Too often our citizens become victims of the associated gun violence.


Authorities arrested the accused last week, mostly in Virginia, officials said.

Prices varied between $800 and $1,200 per handgun and $1,800 to $2,200 for assault weapons, authorities said.

Officials contend between June 2016 and last month, the defendants operated in two different arms, with first gathering firearms with the help of straw buyers in the Henrico and Richmond County area of Virginia, while the second did the same in the Hampton and Newport News area.

The alleged sales went down in several spots across Brooklyn, including Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Greene, Sunset Park and Boerum Hill.

Some of the guns were also sold in Perry's Bed-Stuy home.


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