Why it robbed Grit and luck of following the parade slaughter gun to Robert’Bobby’Climo


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In this era of databases, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives would have needed only a serial number to quickly identify who bought an AR-15-style rifle. After the parade on July 4, seven people were killed and another 60 were injured. Located in Highland Park, Illinois.

But just as the distorted interpretation of Article 2 of the Constitution makes it very easy to obtain such weapons, those who fear the government getting guns turn their delusions into federal law. Codified and made tracking very difficult.

Owner Murder weapons at Highland Park May have Continued to move for hours with a 2-chome rifle That was not the case with ATF agents who were determined to meet statutory obstacles.

With a little luck.

According to reputation, US government agents tend to be very reluctant to work on weekends and holidays, so street police complain about “Federal Friday” when there is little food seen after 2 pm.

The ATF has long been a notable exception, proving it anew over the weekend of this past holiday in the aftermath of a shooting 20 miles north of Chicago.

The murder weapon was wrapped in a red blanket and dropped from the roof of a cosmetics store on the parade route. ATF agents responded to the scene on behalf of the only law enforcement agency authorized to track firearms. However, their authority is limited by a compromise in the Firearms Control Act of 1968, which prohibits the government from establishing a centralized registration of gun owners.

With 2022 technology, ATF agents can quickly come up with the owner’s name by simply entering the serial number on their mobile phone. However, there is no such database to access.

The best thing the agent could do was contact the ATF’s National Tracking Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. People there started the process of running an average of 8,000 times a day, about 3 million times a year. Virtually all people were initiated by crime in this violent and gun-obsessed country.

Agents in Illinois have made this request an “urgent trace.” The trace center counterparts started working right away. They started by contacting the manufacturer who had the record leading to the federal licensed retailer who sold the gun.

But there, the trail went back to the pre-computer era. By law, the buyer’s name is only recorded on Form 4473. This is a three-page document that has been manually filled in and signed by both the buyer and seller. Buyers should check “yes” or “no” next to questions such as whether they have been convicted of a felony or have been admitted to a mental hospital. If yes, there is no gun.

Once the sale is complete, the dealer must keep the 4473 on site, but it is prohibited to enter it in the database. So the only way ATF can access the information is for the dealer to actually be at his place of business and pull the file.

“Then it’s up to our agents to find the owner,” Kimberly Nerheim, a spokeswoman for the ATF Chicago Field Office, told The Daily Beast, explaining the process in general terms. “It all consumes a lot of paper.”

If the dealer could not be contacted, the investigation would have been stalled despite ATF’s best efforts. The agent was fortunate enough to contact the dealer within hours of shooting. The dealer found a 4473 form with the serial number corresponding to Section A on the first page. Section B has the buyer’s handwritten surname, ClimoThen the first, Robert..

His path from Cub Scout to slaughter suspect was full of danger signals

The agent named the police and Robert Climo III was immediately arrested.

“Weapons were directly linked to him,” said Christopher Coveli, Deputy Secretary of the Lake County Major Criminal Task Force, at a press conference Tuesday after Kurimo was charged with seven murders.

Covelli reported that Crimo had dealt with Highland Park police two times ago. One was April 2019 after reports of an attempted suicide a week ago. Coveli said police had spoken to Kurimo and his parents.

“This issue was being dealt with by mental health professionals at the time,” Covelli said. “It was a mental health issue addressed by those professionals.”

Highland Park police returned home in September 2019 after someone in the family reported that Kurimo had “killed everyone.” The police officer who responded confiscated 16 knives, daggers, and swords from Klimo. However, no one filed a formal complaint and there was no reason to arrest him. And leaving him in a psychiatric facility was “not an option at the time.”

“But nevertheless, Highland Park police notified the state police,” Covelli reported.

At another point, Covelli said he needed a state firearms owner ID, or FOID card, to buy a gun in Illinois.

“It’s a process controlled only by the state police and I can’t talk about it,” he said.

Coveli also reported that Klimo purchased both rifles after the September 2019 incident. He could only do so with a FOID card issued by the state police.

Coveli further reported that Klimo purchased the weapon when he was under the age of 21. At this age, even convictions of misdemeanor are generally prohibited.

The minimum federal age to buy firearms is 18. However, in Illinois, persons under the age of 21 must obtain the written consent of their parent or legal guardian. Parents also need to get a FOID card.

According to state police, his father, Robert Climo II, signed a form that would allow Robert Climo III to obtain two rifles, even though his son was alleged to have threatened his family with an attempted suicide. That is.

The parade told his family to “kill everyone” years before the slaughter.

I couldn’t ask my father for comment. The state police issued a press release.

“In September 2019, the ISP received a clear and present danger report on this matter from Highland Park Police. The report was related to the threat the subject posed to his family. 2019 No arrest was made in the September 2014 case, and everyone, including family members, was willing to move the complaint forward, and then provided information on threats and mental health that would allow law enforcement agencies to take additional steps. No firearm restraint order or protection order has been submitted.

“As of the September 2019 incident, the subject had neither a FOID card to revoke nor a pending FOID application to refuse. Once this decision was made, Illinois on this issue. Police involvement has ended.

“Then, at the age of 19 in December 2019, the individual applied for a FOID card. The subject was under the age of 21 and the application was sponsored by the subject’s father. Therefore, the January 2020 FOID application review. At that time, there was not sufficient grounds to establish a clear and present danger and reject the FOID application. “

All of this contains further evidence that such weapons are too easy for adolescents who have been reported to be a clear and present danger.

At the very least, it should be easier to track them.

And then, when right-wing politicians like Ohio Republican Senator candidate JD Vance talk about ATF funding, remember what those agents did with determination and a little luck on July 4th.

“We are very proud of that,” ATF Nerheim told The Daily Beast.

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