Morelle wants federal security standards for gun stores

February 10, 2019 09:38 PM

(WHEC) - Just last year, Parma gun store Chinappi's was robbed for the second time in a week and seventh time since 2007 – with thieves making off with a total of 82 weapons. 

“We need federal standards so that everywhere across the country where people are selling guns, gun owners and gun shops, have standards of security to make sure this persistent problem doesn't continue,” said Congressman Joe Morelle, D-New York.   

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According to Morelle, 575 gun shops were robbed in 2017. In the five years preceding, the Congressman says 32,000 weapons were stolen – many later traced back to a violent crime. 

This weekend Morelle wrote a letter to Acting Attorney General Whitaker to take action and urge the Department of Justice and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to do more. 

Morelle thinks there should be federal standards around the storage and security of weapons in gun stores including surveillance cameras, security systems and sufficient locks. 

“You have to find balance between requirements being fiscally impossible for small business to even start up and balance it with the fact that we don't want them to be stolen,” said Mike Centola, owner of Allstar Tactical. 

Centola already has cameras and locks and tells News10NBC all his weapons are stored in a “very secure volt” at night and agrees that there should be some reasonable standards.

“Putting requirements should be there I know for a fact we do everything we can,” said Centola.  

Morelle also wants the Justice Department to do more frequent checks of gun shops and says currently they happen once a year, at most. 

“That’s at rare,” said Morelle. “We need to make sure gun shop owners are doing their job and that Congress makes sure there is a policy in place that makes sure these places are secure.” 

Morelle says he’s willing to have Congress step in and get it done by law, if necessary. 


Beth Cefalu

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