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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

January 20, 2012

Contact: Supervisory Special Agent/PIO Eric Kehn

(615) 335-7098

$5,000 Reward Offered for Information Regarding Christmas Day Arson at Local Gun Shop

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Nashville Field Division and the Tennessee State Bomb and Arson Section announced a combined reward of $5,000 for anyone who has information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the arson fire on Dec. 25, 2011 at Specialty Arms II, 184 Old Nashville Highway in LaVergne, Tenn. The fire at the federal firearms licensee was reported to police at approximately 2:15 a.m. Christmas morning.

The fire has been determined to be arson following fire scene examination and other investigative efforts. The ongoing criminal investigation is being conducted by ATF, the Tennessee Bomb and Arson Section and the LaVergne Police Department. Anyone with information should call ATF at 615–565–1410 or the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1–800–762–3017 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All caller identities will be kept confidential and remain anonymous.

ATF is the federal agency with jurisdiction for investigating fires and crimes of arson. For more information about ATF and its programs, please visit ATF can also be followed on Twitter at