Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ATF and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Acworth Firearms Theft

ACWORTH, Ga. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Atlanta Field Division and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry -- have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Liberty Guns, a Federal Firearms Licensee located in Acworth, Ga. ATF is offering a reward in an amount up to $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward up to $5,000.

This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

ATF and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the theft of firearms during the burglary. The theft occurred in the early morning hours on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 2483 Cedarcrest Road, Suite 201. Additional information from the public may assist in solving this case. These firearms pose a potential danger and investigators are seeking information that would aid in the resolution of this investigation.

"ATF takes this crime very seriously," said Special Agent in Charge Carl Walker. "There are 36 firearms on the street, with the strong potential of being sold to or used by other criminals to commit violent crimes. ATF is committed to preventing firearms trafficking, which is a serious offense resulting in significant federal prison time for those responsible."

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the ATF Gun Hotline at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (283-4867) or the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office at 770-443-3010. Callers may remain anonymous.

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