The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, has offered a reward of up to $7,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the theft of firearms from Blankenship Sporting Goods, a federally licensed firearms retailer in Richmond Hill, Ga. This reward offer matches a $7,500 reward offer by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
According to ATF, a total of 27 firearms–pistols, hunting rifles, military-style rifles and a shotgun–were stolen in the early morning hours of July 13 from the retailer located at 456 B Edsel Drive. ATF and the Richmond Hill Police Department are investigating the theft and are seeking information from the public that would lead to the resolution of this investigation. Blankenship Sporting Goods is an NSSF member.
Steve Sanetti, president of the NSSF, said, “Our matching reward offer will hopefully help assist ATF and local law enforcement in solving this crime against a federally licensed firearms dealer and lead to the swift recovery of stolen firearms before they can enter the illegal underground black market where they can be misused to commit violent crimes.”
The matching reward payment by NSSF will be granted only following payment of the initial ATF reward, which is up to $7,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crime.
Any information regarding this burglary should be reported to ATF by calling 912-658-5154 or by calling the ATF hotline: 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867)
The ATF hotline is toll-free, and all information will be treated confidentially. Callers will remain anonymous upon request.
For any questions about the theft of these firearms, please contact ATF at one of the numbers listed above.
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