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Local gun shops notice rise in stolen gun accessories, concerns over dealers

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Kyle Gammon, manager of a gun store in Ogden, says thefts have increased by 30% over the past year. (Jeffrey Dahdah, KSL-TV)

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OGDEN – A gun store in Ogden is reporting a handful of stolen gun accessories.

Retail manager Kyle Gammon at Impact Guns in Ogden said they had started noticing stolen items over the past two months when stocks did not line up.

“Small parts, like manual stops, magazine triggers, safety selectors, things you can easily fit in a pocket,” Gammon said.

Some other objects carried and concealed in front of the door were also stolen.

“One was a 15-inch handguard for an AR-15 worth about $207,” Gammon said.

Rolling back the security camera footage, they noticed people on camera walking out with items. In one case, the whole flight started with a quick trip to the bathroom.

“I think he staged the bathroom, then left, grabbed the item, came in, put the wrapper in the toilet tank, then I think he hid it under his jacket and immediately got out,” Gammon said.

Over the past year, the chief executive said he has seen an increase of about 30% in stolen inventory.

So far, the only things stolen have been gun accessories. With a few quick calculations, the value of stolen items adds up quickly.

“Prices, particularly for gun accessories, range from $20 to several hundred,” Gammon said.

He said before COVID-19 hit, they had at most eight to 10 people in the store. Now that the restrictions have been lifted, more and more people have started to come through the doors, and have been since.

As for why people can fly now, Gammon said it could be people who bought guns during the pandemic and want to update their gun parts.

For thieves, that means making money isn’t hard, according to Jesse Anderson, owner of Jesse James Firearms and Clearfield Firearms and Pawn.

“Go to another local gun store and reduce the price, take them to your local pawnshops,” Anderson said.

Anderson has worked in the firearms industry for nearly 40 years.

He said a person could steal things from a store, take them to a gun show and go home with money.

“Between 10,000 and 25,000 people who come to our gun shows. Just the individuals walking around, selling their own product. They’re just carrying a gym bag, liquidating their own product, and at that point , you really don’t know if it was stolen or not,” Anderson said.

He said the chances of seeing a stolen product without a serial number again are very unlikely.

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