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http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2007Mar18/0,4670,WeaponsonPlane,00.html
ORLANDO, Fla. â€" Lenient rules on buying guns in Florida and firearms transportation are subverting Puerto Rico's stricter gun laws and fueling a black market for weapons on the island, authorities say.

About 60 percent of the guns seized in Puerto Rico in the past decade came from Florida, according to estimates from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Puerto Rican police linked illegal guns to many of the island's more than 7,000 murders in the last 10 years.

Officials say guns frequently are bought legally on the mainland and flown to Puerto Rico in airline luggage.

"They usually have been pre-ordered," said Marcial Orlando Felix, an ATF agent stationed in Puerto Rico. "There's a buyer awaiting them."

Authorities complain that airline regulations make it tougher to transport a dog to Puerto Rico than a suitcase full of guns and ammunition. Dogs require paperwork, fees and certification but gun owners generally need only to tell airlines the unloaded guns are packed in a secure container in checked baggage.

Felix and Puerto Rican Police Superintendent Pedro Toledo are lobbying for rules requiring airlines to notify them of passengers taking guns into Puerto Rico.

On March 5, authorities arrested two airline workers in Orlando on charges they attempted to smuggle guns to Puerto Rico. Orlando is a hub for about 3,400 of the 5,000 flights from Florida to Puerto Rico each year.

"What usually happens is, someone travels from Puerto Rico to Florida to buy guns at a gun show ... They go to Orlando because they have buddies there that can put them up and it is a short, inexpensive flight," Felix said. "That person makes a couple of trips and realizes this is easy. So he recruits two or three of his buddies in Orlando to do the same."
 

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Prohibitions don't work!

Booze, drugs, porn, guns, gambling, prostitution or whatever! If people really want it, governments can't prohibit it.

Whatever is prohibited in an area will be wanted by the people living there. It's just human nature and the proscribed items will always be provided by others looking to make a profit.

There are people selling drugs today who could buy and sell Al Capone.

Hell, they could buy him and wouldn't have to sell him...!

The same is true for guns or whatever local laws have outlawed.

Really, what did this idiot expect would happen?
 

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It may be just me, but it appears that many many people would benifit in various ways from taking an introduction to Economics class.

Though many parts of the class are informative, the section on supply and demand should be required learning. Specifically the part about why black markets exist.

Statements made by many people just ending up making no sense if looked at economically. Reducing supply does not eliminate demand. As the supply decreases, and nothing is done to decrease the demand, the amount people are willing to pay will also increase.

If the supply is reduced or virtually eliminated and the amount people will pay is greater than the risk of being caught, a black market will form.

Frankly only 2 groups are helped by drastically limiting or prohibiting supply of highly demanded items, that would be law enforcment and criminals.

LEOs get more money to fight the criminals. As criminals go to jail, supply is lowered. Demand is still the same so the price goes up. Now that prices are higher and the reward vs risk is higher, someone will step in and take the place of the supplier just put in jail.

Do you know what 2 groups still in existance in America today that got started or have roots in the alcohol prohibition?
ATF
Mob
 

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Gunstar1 said:
If the supply is reduced or virtually eliminated and the amount people will pay is greater than the risk of being caught, a black market will form.
In Indonesia they put people to death for drug related crimes, and yet there is still black market for drugs. There will never be any punishment strong enough to eliminate the demand of illegal goods.
 

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Gunstar1 said:
It may be just me, but it appears that many many people would benifit in various ways from taking an introduction to Economics class.
I have that thought at least once a week. It generally increases in proportion with the number of Democrats or politicians I listen to.
 

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Crack is illegal everywhere in this country and I bet I could get some before tomorrow... and that's even figuring in that I'm a goofy looking do-gooder. I bet I could find crack 10x faster than an illegal gun... unless I broke into my own house and stole one... haha!

Just because it's illegal doesn't mean that if people want it they won't be able to get it :roll:

If people break the law put them in jail and keep them there. Eventually it won't be as big of a problem. Most crooks are repeat-offenders.
 
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