Serious question here: why do gun smugglers never try to smuggle any “good” guns? It seems like every time one of these guys gets busted, it’s always over some hunk of junk I’d only be comfortable firing from the other end of a very long piece of string. This time, the perp in question tried to smuggle a Modelo Super 9mm into Australia by artfully embedding it into a hollowed out Xbox game console. The Smoking Gun has more info . . .
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents launched a criminal investigation into the illegal mailings in early-July, after Australian police reported that they had interdicted an Express Mail parcel containing the components of a Modelo Super 9mm pistol.
The disassembled gun was hidden inside the “interior cavity” of an Xbox gaming system, according to an affidavit sworn by ATF Agent David Hayes.
The intended recipient of the handgun was arrested and had his Australian residence searched by police. During an interview with investigators, the man revealed that he had “purchased the firearm off a website called ‘Black Market Reloaded.’”
A search of [another intercepted package] revealed that a disassembled “Uzi style pistol” (with its serial number obliterated) and a “suspected flash suppressor” were contained inside a hollow Xbox console. The package was bound for the United Kingdom. The second Express Mail package, bound for Australia, contained “various firearm parts consisting of a magazine, butt stock and fore stock for an assault rifle” concealed inside a DVD player.
In early-August, another package–headed for Sweden–was seized after it was received at a Bowling Green post office (where a mail clerk identified the shipper as the same man who had sent the two parcels that had been searched weeks earlier). The parcel contained a “metal computer switching power supply box” that contained a disassembled .22 caliber Taurus pistol and magazine.
When you buy something gun-related on the intertubes, there’s usually a rather large warning that pops up about these items being ITAR restricted. Things like scopes, magazines, and other gun parts fall under this federal law which prohibits the items from being imported or exported without approval from the State Department.
Shipping guns to Syrian rebels (or Mexican drug lords)? White House approved. Sending firearms to just about anyone else in the world? Instant trip to the slammer for you, buddy.