Federal agents raided Elliot’s Gun Shop near New Orleans, one of the busiest gun dealers in Louisiana, confiscating all its firearms, ammunition, and business records and seizing the property, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “This store will never operate again,” said Robert Browning of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Police officers receive a manufacturer’s discount when buying guns. The store was not only getting manufacturer discounts to sell to police but using the police customer credentials to buy extra firearms at wholesale for its regular stock, then selling those guns at regular prices to the general public, federal authorities said.
ATF said one man operated the store as Elliot’s Small Arms until the agency revoked his gun dealer’s license in 2005, after repeatedly citing him for violations. An employee, then took out a license and began operating the store. A 2004 study by Americans for Gun Safety Foundation found Elliot’s one of the top dealers in the U.S. for selling guns later used in crimes. The study found that 120 U.S. dealers had each sold at least 200 guns linked to crimes between 1996 and 2000. Elliot’s had sold 890. The foundation said it supports the right to own guns but advocates responsible gun laws.