A Texas teen was arrested last Friday after being accused of stealing as many as 30 firearms from a gun range in Temple.
The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Esteban Allan Aguilar, will now face charges for burglary of a building, evading arrest, resisting arrest, and failure to identify.
Authorities said Aguilar was one of three men who broke into the Hawkeye Shooting Academy in April.
The group, all believed to be males around Aguilar’s age, snatched up the firearms from the shop’s display cases.
Earlier this month the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.
Now with at least one of the perps in custody at the Terry County Jail in Brownfield, the goal is to get back the stolen guns as soon as possible.
“Recovering these firearms quickly before additional crimes are committed remains a top priority for ATF,” Fred Milanowski, ATF Houston Field Division special agent in charge, told local media.
There’s a lot of confusion in this country about how criminals procure firearms thanks to misinformation propagated by various gun-control organizations.
A 2019 report published by the Department of Justice (that actually surveyed prisoners in 2016) came to the following conclusions:
Not surprisingly (to law-abiding gun owners), the vast majority of criminals obtain their guns illegally, either through straw purchasers, the black market or theft.
The remaining criminals got their guns via a retail transaction, from a friend or relative or the firearm recovered at the scene was brought there by someone else.
While we hear a lot caterwauling from anti-gunners that gun shows (what they misguidingly refer to as the “gun show loophole”) are a hotbed for criminal activity, the survey found that only .8 percent of lawbreakers sourced their firearm from a gun show.
Something to keep in mind the next time some moonbat prattles on about the need to close the “gun show loophole.”
Anyway, ATF investigators are still looking for the other two teens that were with Mr. Aguilar. If you have information call the ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS.