ATF schools Wisconsin gun dealers on security measures after uptick in thefts
By Christen Smith
An ATF Industry Operations Investigator presents to area federal firearms licensees on methods of securing firearm inventories including installation of alarm systems and other physical security measures, as well as best practices in record keeping to ensure a good record of inventory is in place. (Photo: ATF Saint Paul Field Division)
The federal government turned up in southern Wisconsin last week to refresh local gun dealers on security tactics following an uptick in store thefts across the region.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives partnered with the Rock County Sheriff’s Office for an educational seminar Feb. 15 in Janesville, about 75 miles southwest of Milwaukee. The agency said local law enforcement reached out for guidance after a string of FFL thefts.
“The recent spike in firearm thefts are serious and continue to dominate the headlines,” said Rock County Sheriff Robert D. Spoden. “These crimes affect the lives of our community members. This educational seminar will help educate our firearm dealers on methods to help safeguard their property and help keep the community safe. We were grateful for the opportunity to partner with the ATF on this important issue.”
More than three dozen federally licensed dealers and officers from Janesville and Beloit police departments attended