Teenagers in CT Arrested for Making & Selling Homemade “Zip Guns”
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So, you still think banning guns will keep guns out of the hands of criminals? Think again. This case perfectly illustrates what happens when you make something illegal – you create a black market, insuring that only criminals will have access to the banned items.
In this case, a minor in Connecticut was arrested after a robbery investigation led police to his home. A “zip gun” (aka a homemade firearm made from common materials) used in the robbery led police to the home.
The New Haven Police Department published the following press release in relation to the incident,
“New Haven police have three juveniles in custody, suspected to have committed two weekend robberies in the East Rock area. The first robbery was perpetrated in East Rock Park on English Drive. The second was in the area of State and Humphrey Streets. The suspect descriptions were similar enough to suspect the same perpetrators had committed both crimes.
“These suspects would later be apprehended on East Street. One of them was in possession of a home made ‘Zip-gun.’
“Based on the arrests and subsequent interviews, detectives were able to secure a search & seizure warrant for the Mountain Ridge Road residence of another juvenile who manufactured the gun. At that home, another assembled gun, a partially assembled gun and components intended for assembly were recovered.
“The juvenile was arrested and later told police he’d manufactured and sold as many as a dozen operational Zip-guns.
“Such crude deadly weapons pose a threat to both the victim and shooter. There is a possibility the weapon could explode or misfire. Anyone in possession of such a weapon is at great risk.
“Police are asking for the public’s help. If you know of such a weapon or know anyone in possession of such a weapon, you are urged to call detectives at 203-946-6304. Calls may be made anonymously.”
These are kids, making fully functional guns out of normal household items. Just imagine, if guns are banned how long do you really think it would take drug dealers, gangs and organized crime to find more sophisticated ways to produce weapons on a larger scale?