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Vermont Man Busted Dealing Guns and Pot

Posted on the 23 August 2011 by Mikeb302000
The Brattleboro Reformer reports on how the lax gun laws and attitudes in Vermont aided one man in violating federal law.
A 25-year-old Brattleboro man was charged in a federal court in Connecticut Thursday with one count of dealing in firearms without a license, three counts of interstate transfer of firearms and four counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Kyle Farace was arrested in Brattleboro on Aug. 9.
"This involved a number of controlled purchases where an undercover agent bought marijuana and firearms," said Jonathan Freimann, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
Freimann said Farace conducted what are called "straw purchases" of firearms, in which he bought the guns in his name with the intent of selling them to a third person.
Vermont is always touted as the perfect gun paradise, very little crime and very few gun restrictions. What goes unseen is the spillover effect all this "freedom" has on the neighboring states. Guns bought in Vermont end up in Hartford, Boston and New York City. And all the while, gun-rights advocates will hold up the Green Mountain State as proof that guns are good and gun control is bad.
What's your opinion? Do you think Vermont's comparatively low crime rate proves anything? You know, the same folks who say it does, also say Chicago and D.C. prove that gun control doesn't work. To me it seems both arguments are false.
Until we have a comprehensive gun-control program administered federally and one which contains a number of restrictions not yet attempted, we'll never know. The mish-mash of easily circumvented laws we have now are not nearly sufficient to bring the gun violence down to a respectable level.
What's respectable, well just look at the other developed countries of the world and see the laughing stock the U.S. has become in the area of unnecessary gun deaths.
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