For Immediate Release
ATF, NSSF Offer Reward in Gun Store Burglary
ATF and the Firearms Industry Seek Public's Help in Firearms Theft from Mississippi FFL
NEW ORLEANS, LA. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) New Orleans Field Division in conjunction with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) today announced a combined reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons who participated in the theft of a firearm from a gun store in Columbus, Mississippi.
ATF New Orleans is offering a reward of up to $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF of up to $2,500, for a total reward of up to $5,000.
On May 27, 2020, at approximately 2:20 p.m., two unidentified suspects entered K & S Outdoors, a federal firearm licensee (FFL), located at 2010 Hwy. 45 North, in Columbus, MS. One suspect engaged the owner in a conversation while the other suspect reached beyond the counter and stole a pistol. Both suspects exited the store and fled in an unknown direction. Store personnel did not discover the firearm was missing until later that day.
The ATF New Orleans Oxford Field Office, Columbus Police Department, and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office are jointly investigating this crime.
This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF, the trade association for the firearm industry, and ATF in which the NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearm retailers.
Anyone with any information about this crime should contact ATF at (888) ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), the ATF New Orleans Oxford Field Office at 662-234-3751, the Columbus Police Department at 662-244-3500, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at 662-328-6788, or the Golden Triangle Crimestoppers at 662-494-0109 or their Tipline at 1-800-530-7151.
Information can also be sent to ATFTips@atf.gov, through ATF’s website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips. Tips can be submitted anonymously using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store, or by visiting www.reportit.com.
ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction involving firearms and violent crimes, and regulates the firearm industry. More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.