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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

For Immediate Release

Monday, May 1, 2017
Contact: Gerod King, Public Information Officer

ATF and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in the Ken’s Gun Exchange Firearms Theft

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Ken’s Gun Exchange, a federal firearm licensee (FFL), in Whiteville, N.C. ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $10,000.

On April 13, 2017, between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., unidentified suspects forcibly entered Kens Gun Exchange, located at 2440 Red Hill Road, Whiteville, N.C. The suspects stole multiple firearms before fleeing the scene. This crime is being investigated by ATF and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867), email, or contact ATF through its website at Tips may also be submitted to ATF through the ReportIt ® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting All calls and tips will be kept confidential.

The reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

ATF along with our law enforcement partners are committed to ensuring that our communities are safe, and that those who commit violent crimes such as this are held accountable.

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Charlotte Field Division