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Media Alert: Firearms Industry, ATF, Public Officials, U.S. Attorney, Local Law Enforcement and Community Groups Join Forces to Stop Illegal Purchases of Firearms in Memphis

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2008-05-28 06:12:15     
National Shooting Sports Foundation

The following was released today by the National Shooting Sports Foundation:

What: News Conference to announce the "Don't Lie for the Other Guy" campaign in Memphis

Who: Harry McCabe, ATF, Director of Industry Operations

Nathanial Jones, ATF, Resident Agent in Charge (Memphis)

Operation Safe Community (Memphis)

Local Law Enforcement representatives

U.S. Attorney, Western District of Tennessee

State and Federal officials

Memphis-based Community Groups

Lawrence G. Keane, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, NSSF

Where: The Peabody Hotel

Lansdowne Room

149 Union Avenue

Memphis, TN 38103

When: Wednesday, May 28, 2008

1:00 pm (CT)

Why: To better educate residents of Memphis on the severe penalties associated with illegal gun purchasing, or straw purchasing. Also, to educate Federal Firearms Licensed retailers on how to better detect potential straw purchasers. Straw purchasers are otherwise law-abiding citizens who undergo and pass the criminal background check required by federal law before the retail purchase of any firearm. However, these people are not the actual buyers; instead, they use their good name to commit the crime of providing a firearm to a person prohibited by law from possessing a gun. The program's key message is: Buy a gun for someone who can't and buy yourself 10 years in jail.

Developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Don't Lie for the Other Guy program educates firearms retailers on how to better prevent straw purchases and warns the public about the penalties associated with participating in an illegal purchase. The program is part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. See more at http://www.dontlie.org.

Media Contact:

Ted Novin (tnovin@nssf.org) (NSSF - Firearms Industry)

Office: (203) 426-1320

Mobile: (202) 253-1860

Eric Kehn (ATF)

Office (615) 565-1252

Mobile (615) 335-7098

Specialized in: Media Alert - Firearms Industry - Atf - Public Officials - Local Law Enforcement - Community Groups
URL: http://www.dontlie.org
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