There’s been a bust at the 2010 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference (SHOT Show). The FBI has arrested 21 “executives and employees of military and law enforcement products companies” for bribery of foreign officials.
From the Las Vegas Sun:
As part of the undercover operation, the defendants allegedly agreed to pay a 20 percent commission to a sales agent who the defendants believed represented the minister of defense in order to win a portion of a $15 million deal to outfit the country’s presidential guard.
In reality, the sales agent was an undercover FBI agent.
And why the mass arrests here and now?
“It just happened that we had the opportunity to bring them all together at one time at one place,” Kevin Perkins, assistant director of the FBI’s criminal division said.
Just happened? A correspondent who is there tells me “Our own DOJ just kneecapped our security industry.”
It’s too early to assess what is going on there beyond the information we have at hand, but here’s my initial reaction: We’ve seen apparent efforts directed at gun shows. Now we’re seeing one directed by high levels in the Justice Department at the trade show of the year. Will the NRA Annual Meeting be the next convenient “opportunity”?
We’re dealing with a federal law enforcement establishment that hasn’t exactly earned the trust of gun owners over the years, and one that appreciates the benefits of high profile media coverage. And it’s not like there isn’t renewed administration emphasis on international arms trade treaties.
So forgive me if I think all these elements converging bear a bit of cynical questioning, and to wonder if similar spectacular efforts will soon be unfolding with other industries–and if not, why not?
Those of you following his column know Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner Paul Valone is giving us reports from the SHOT Show. If he has any further light to shed, I’ll let you know. And this just in as I’m typing, from Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman:
I’m here as well, trying to dig out some details.
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