AP: Youngstown unsafe for ATF

An OFCC supporter posted the following story to www.OhioCCW.org:

Bureau Leaves City After Vehicle Break-Ins

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Vandals and thieves aren't just hitting any cars in a downtown Youngstown parking garage.

City police and federal agents say their government cars have been repeatedly broken into and tactical equipment has been stolen.

The problem is so severe that it's the main reason the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is moving its district office to Boardman. The move came after a security analysis found no other safe location downtown.

ATF resident agent-in-charge Frank D'Alesio said the move will take place by late fall. He said the bureau has spent $20,000 on vehicle repairs since 2001.

Jeff Hamm, the parking garage manager, said his own car has been broken into. But the garage can't afford 24-hour security.

OFCC PAC Commentary:
Despite the growing rash of these types of crimes, the Ohio Senate voted to make leaving a firearm in your unattended automobile more of a necessity, by amending HB12 to create still more "victim zones" where firearms are prohibited.

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