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Old 01-31-2010, 04:53 PM   #21
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Maybe this has something to do with the arrests?

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What the heck is going on?

If you read the news or watch television lately, you'd think a major crime spree has broken out within the ranks of the firearms industry. Yesterday, the FBI put out another superheated, hyperbole-ridden release regarding last week's arrests of twenty-two individuals in connection with an attempt to bribe a foreign official for a weapons contract.

Yesterday's breathless announcement trumpeted the "largest operation of this type ever attempted" under the 1977 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act that made their conduct a no-no. It also talked about the fact the individuals charged were corporate officers and figures in the firearms industry. Like Verizon versus AT&T, there was also a reference to the sweeping nature of the case, rounding up "business owners, presidents, and CEOs from companies based in Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia- as well as in Israel and the U.K."

Whew, powerful writing mojo here.

The fact they are also presumed innocent until proven guilty must have interfered with the literary flow, because the normally-circumspect Department of Justice neglected to mention that little fact.

And the fact that the supposed defense minister of the African nation was neither an African nor a defense minister, but an FBI agent posing as a "sales agent" was passed over pretty quickly. That poses a legal question: if the "foreign agent" isn't really a "foreign agent" has an international crime, in fact, been committed? No one's arguing the agency-described "ruse" didn't show intent, but the whole deal looks strange at this point.

Were the twenty-two people trying to break the law? Seems so. But it seems there are still a few questions to be resolved before they find themselves guests in a Club Fed. This case seems to lack the clarity in other cases the government cites as proof that their new task force on corruption works.

Maybe they'd like to cover Congress. Probably not.

And in Georgia, three men, including a former federal prosecutor and unsuccessful candidate for Georgia Attorney General, have been indicted for alledly trying to bilk GLOCK out of three million dollars.

The indictment in a Cobb County, Georgia court, says Jerry Chapman, Jeffrey Pombert, and James Harper III charges the trio with theft by taking and violation of Georgia's Racketeering Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

Reportedly, the three had worked "in concert with one another and with others did, through a pattern of racketeering activity, unlawfully take and/or endeavor to take the property and/or money of another in the approximate amount of $3 million from Glock."

Allegedly, Harper, as Glock's outside legal counsel, worked with the others to set up bank accounts and transfer funds and assets from Glock for "their own personal use and control."

The 55-year old Harper worked under a number of U.S. attorneys in Atlanta before losing a 1998 election for Georgia's attorney general. Apparently, he failed to learn that -ultimately - crime does not pay.

There are some good things happening, but that's for another time.

We'll keep you posted.

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23 people in the industry arrested on the Shot floor the very first day for some export bribery schemes??

Anyone else hear about this?

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The Bradenton Herald newspaper listed Heavy Metal Armory's owner here in Bradenton as one of the arrested. He deals in a lot of machine guns and automatic weapons. Has a lot of dealings with law enforcement also.

We'll have to keep tabs on what's going on and what the real story is. Supposedly they have been investigating this for 2 years or so.


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Curiouser and curiouser. I'm going to watch this one, it's going to be very interesting..

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23 people in the industry arrested on the Shot floor the very first day for some export bribery schemes??

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Try this Cane

FBI arrest S&W Exec and 20 others at SHOT Show!!!!! | The Firearm BlogJan 20, 2010 ... An FBI agent posed as a representative of an Africa nation. An S&W executive (and others)

thefirearmblog.com/.../2010/.../fbi-arrest-sw-exec-and-20-others-at-shot-show

sorry, put www. in front of it, I couldn't get it to post as a link.
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This is the Duke lacrosse team all over again in the Glock case. Trust me on this one.

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Default The truth will set Harper free in the Glock case!!!!

This is the Duke Lacrosse Team scenario repeating itself this time in Cobb County.

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A .22 with a 30-round magazine?? too funny lol



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Magnum, and 30 rounds too. woohoo!

Seriously this cracks me up. How the other half (of the world) lives, huh?
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Poor zhuk, it's just a shame.

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