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JULY 16, 2002
9:00 AM
CONTACT:  Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
Desmond Riley , 202-408-7560, ext. 104
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence Forum:
How Criminals Get Guns
Ease of Forging Gun Dealer Licenses Allows Criminals to Obtain Guns
WASHINGTON - July 16 - News Advisory:

The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) and Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) host a forum today on how fraud and abuse in the distribution of firearms allow criminals to get guns.

The forum will focus on the ease with which criminals can forge federal firearm dealer licenses and become gun dealers. Federally licensed gun dealers are entrusted with determining the eligibility of gun purchasers by conducting background checks, so if a gun dealer decides to ignore federal law or a criminal fraudulently becomes a gun dealer, then countless guns can wind up in criminal hands.

During the forum, clips will be shown from the documentary "Gunshots", which exposes how a crooked gun dealer in Oakland, Calif., was able to forge a fake extension on his federal gun dealer's license, enabling him to illegally buy and sell hundreds of guns, many of which were later used in crime. Panelists also will discuss a recent General Accounting Office report that documents the ease with which Federal Firearms Licenses can be forged. Panelists will conclude by suggesting specific changes that could improve the current gun dealer licensing system.

Reception and Panel Discussion on Illegal Firearms Trafficking

-- Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.)
-- Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.)
-- David Rapallo, counsel, House Committee on Government Reform
-- Steve Teret, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Gun Policy and Research
-- Eric Gorovitz, Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

TODAY, Tuesday, July 16
6:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence's mission is to stop gun violence by fostering effective community and national action. Web site:


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