Keokuk man arrested for selling stolen gun to a minor
By Andy Devine, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -
18-year-old Darren Bradley of Keokuk faces felony charges of trafficking of stolen weapons and burglary along with a serious misdemeanor for possession of marijuana.
Police are warning gun owners to lock up their guns, so they don't end up in the wrong hands.
Keokuk Assistant Police Chief Jay Whitaker says taking stolen guns out of the hands of criminals is something police in all communities deal with, but a teenager buying a gun on the black market is not something his department sees everyday.
"That is rare to have a juvenile purchase a stolen gun like that," Whitaker said. "Something that we don't see very often."
Whitaker says when guns are bought illegally it can manifest into more crime.
"They are used to purchase drugs, trade for drugs, used for other stolen goods and also used a lot to commit crimes," Whitaker said.
Experts say the only way to make sure your guns are 100 percent secure is to lock them up in a safe.
"Any of your gun safes will give you two things," Bruce Scott of Scott's Gun Shop in Keokuk said. "It will give you security for anyone taking them. You also get a discount on your insurance, so locking them up so you don't have to worry about anyone picking them up."
Scott says if you can't afford a huge safe there are other alternatives to protect your guns.
There are master locks that actually fit onto a gun to make it hard for a criminal to use your gun if it is stolen.
Police officials say the investigation is still underway and they think this case could be connected to other crimes in the area.
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