The Gulfport Police Department, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced a major campaign today to significantly reduce the illegal straw purchases of firearms in Gulfport.
The program is called, “Don’t Lie for the Other Guy,” and was invented to raise public awareness that it is a serious crime to purchase a firearm for someone who cannot legally do so – or for someone who does not otherwise want his or her name associated with the transaction.
The program is also designed to educate firearms dealers on how to better detect and deter potential straw purchases.
Don’t Lie for the Other Guy
The campaign, which has been enhanced to better focus on the purchasers, drives home the message that anyone attempting an illegal firearm purchase faces a stiff federal penalty: Buy a gun for someone who can’t and buy yourself 10 years in jail.
“Firearms violence continues to erode the quality of life in many American communities. ATF investigates and prevents the illegal use and trafficking of firearms as part of its core mission,” said ATF Deputy Director Kenneth Melson. “ATF actively partners with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to stem firearms-related violent crime.
“We applaud the Gulfport Police Department for bringing the ‘Don’t Lie for the Other Guy’ message to the community and addressing the issue of straw purchasing.”
‘Buy a gun for someone who can’t and buy yourself 10 years in jail.’
Residents and visitors to Gulfport will see Don’t Lie for the Other Guy billboards and postersÂ throughout the city. They will hear the campaign’s important message through radio and TV public service announcements. Outdoor media signs will be displayed anywhere from four weeks to several months, and the announcements will be aired for one month.
The Don’t Lie for the Other Guy program is a vital component of ATF’s outreach efforts to educate firearms dealers and their employees on how to better recognize and deter the illegal purchase of firearms through straw purchases. This program is an important tool for ATF to accomplish its mission of reducing violent crime and protecting the public.
Don’t Lie for the Other Guy is a joint program of ATF and NSSF. The Gulfport launch of “Don’t Lie” is being funded exclusively by the Gulfport Police Department. If you have information about someone participating in straw purchases, contact the Gulfport Police Department at (228) 831-4416.
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