Operation Safe Store — Preventing Firearm Theft

By Dave Dolbee published on in General, News

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced the launch of Operation Secure Store (OSS), a comprehensive joint initiative to help Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) make well-informed security-related decisions to deter and prevent thefts.

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Central to the OSS initiative is NSSF’s prior partnerships with ATF to help prevent thefts from FFLs through educational programming, such as the ongoing series of regional seminars hosted by ATF. Additionally, the organizations’ matching rewards program becomes an anchor component of the program, effectively doubling the money offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for thefts from licensed retailers.

“No one wants to prevent the theft of firearms more than the licensed retailers that sell them,” said Stephen L. Sanetti, NSSF president and chief executive officer. “There is no one-size fits all solution to helping prevent thefts from firearms retailers, which is why Operation Safe Store will provide access to information and training to allow retailers to make the decisions that are right for them.”

“It’s clear from the crime guns we recover every day that firearms stolen from FFL retailers are a serious threat to public safety” said ATF Deputy Director Thomas Brandon. “To mitigate this threat, ATF welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the NSSF to educate and inform FFL retailers on how they can enhance the security of their businesses.”

What recommendations would you make to reduce firearm thefts from retailers? Share your answer in the comment section.

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  • Hide Behind

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    This is a ” new Initative” I don’t think so.
    No more than play of semantics and a psy tactic of instilling fear of an inanimate object, weapons.
    IN today’s USA, I who spent 90% of my long years in outdoors never had to defend myself from wild animals.
    A few reptiles that got too close, or was it I who encroached upon their turf, were dispatched, and within some of most impoverished streets, neighborhoods or homeless camps had worry about the bad ads boogymen attacking me.
    99+% OF Americans on US soil wave ever faced any endangerment by a bad ads or varmint either.
    Then too almost all gun otters are dyed in wool government right or wrong sellouts as to real meanings of Constitutional Conventions, the 2nd Amendment is no more than a cryi g post or broken crutch.
    Certain Americans now have special privileges as to weapons purchase and carry, LEO’S and such, because of proven loyalty to powers that be, and will much like those with Coat of Arms and Lords of England will always be free of restrictions we the common folk have to live under.
    While our police forces daily become more like an occupation force. I look forward to more restrictions upon my gun rights with happiness.
    I do not ever want the hassle with the uniformed defenders of the system capriscious and arbitrary definition of legal versus illegal, if caught bearing a weapon out of hearth and home.
    So pass your laws, gun owners bow to keep your priveledges, dismantle your weapons and place in safe safes.,.
    .aybe we can beg for a period of time say 9pm till 5am sleepy time, when we can keep an unloaded weapon by our bed.
    That is all except you priveledged ones.

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  • Vt Patriot

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    Sounds like a very slippery slope. If safe storage acts became universal, what do CCW and people who live in rural or dangerous cities do? Walking out the door in the country can be as dangerous as walking out the door in the city. You get attacked by animals, bears in the rural, and thugs in the cities. Why not put ANYONE convicted or proven to be a danger behind bars or stretching a rope with his neck. How many of these hood rats are in for their 3rd, 4th or 5th time?

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  • Randy Donk

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    there are only 2 things I can think of that are not overly expensive:
    1. GPS tracking chips, removed at time of purchase.
    2. removal of firing pin, and make a firing pin a part that can be purchased from a dealer only by bringing the firearm in and having its serial number verified as not stolen.

    neither are great ideas, neither will stop all theft, but they may get a few more recovered. I am not excited about having to have serial numbers verified, but I could remove my firing pins, and therefore increase my odds or recovering any firearms stolen from me.

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