UPS Driver in California Accused of Stealing Dozens of Guns
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Curtis Hays, a driver for UPS in Southern California has been accused of stealing dozens of firearms slated for delivery through the service and selling them on the “black market” (term used by the local media).
According to SCPR,
Authorities learned of the scheme after Turner’s Outdoorsman management alerted authorities to the missing shipments. The store typically receives UPS shipments from out-of-state gun manufacturers through the shipping company’s Ontario hub, according to authorities.
The 16-count indictment was filed July 23. It alleges Hays, of Rancho Cucamonga, stole a series of packages containing guns in 2012. The indictment also accuses him of stealing jewelry and mobile phones that were supposed to be delivered to other retailers.
Prosecutors have named Dennis Dell White, Jr., 35, of Moreno Valley, as Hays’ co-conspirator and middleman who is accused of selling the guns on the street or to other illegal gun dealers.
Just like alcohol prohibition in the early 20th century, and the current war on drugs, this case illustrates that if you make guns illegal or very hard to get, criminals will still find a way to get their hands on them.
These strict buying and ownership requirements (such as those in place in California) only affect law abiding gun owners.
UPS has not issued a statement on the matter as of yet. The shipping service is used to ship many firearms between FFL’s as well as manufacturers.