Gun Distributor Warns
That Brooklyn Gun Manufacturer Henry Repeating Arms Company May Have Shipped
Rifles For Sale Loaded With Ammunition
May Include 'Youth' Rifles for Children
to an "Urgent Notice" for gun dealers issued by firearms distributor
Sports South, Inc., Brooklyn rifle manufacturer Henry Repeating Arms may
have shipped rifles for sale loaded with ammunition. The warning (http://www.vpc.org/henry.htm)
was posted on the distributor's web site (http://www.sportssouthinc.com)
up until Wednesday, April 2, and stated:
We have been notified
by Henry Repeating Arms that some rifles may have been shipped by them
loaded with ammunition. If you have any Henry Rifles in inventory they
must be inspected to make sure they do not contain ammunition. Also,
please inspect any incoming Henry Rifles. This does not relate to a
specific model or date. Each gun in your inventory must be checked for
ammunition. Henry Repeating Arms apologizes for any inconvenience that
this may cause."
The warning has recently
been removed. No mention of the possibly loaded rifles is made on the
Henry Repeating Arms web site (http://www.henryrepeating.com)
which promotes some of its rifle lines as "youth" rifles for
Andy Pelosi, executive
director of New York-based GunFreeKids.org, states, "Henry Repeating
Arms should move swiftly to make the general public aware of the threat
posed by these loaded guns. An 'apology' for any 'inconvenience' to gun
dealers is inadequate. State and local authorities need to know how this
occurred and what steps may be necessary to prevent future incidents.
Josh Sugarmann, executive
director of the Violence Policy Center adds, "The federal Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should move immediately to
identify any federal laws or regulations that have been violated while
doing everything in its power to make sure that each and every one of
these guns is identified and that proper safeguards are put in place to
ensure that such a public safety threat is never again repeated."
The Violence Policy Center is a
national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence
in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals.
The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research
on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related
death and injury.