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Brooklyn DA: family of gun runners indicted

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Law enforcement experts say that New York's strict gun laws create a lucrative black market for guns brought in from other states.

The NYPD and the Brooklyn district attorney are putting one family-run gun-trafficking ring out of business. It all started with tips from Brooklyn residents fed up with gun violence.

Undercover NYPD officers bought 155 guns for $126,000 in 13 separate buys. The weapons even include automatics; an AR-15 assault rifle, a MAC-11, and two TEC-9s. There was no shortage.

Police Commissioner William Bratton said ringleader Michael Quick, 32, would drive from Georgia up I-95, nicknamed the iron pipeline, and sell them at about $800 a piece.

Police called the seven-month sting operation "Lucky 7." But seven was an unlucky number for Quick. Bratton said the former Brooklyn resident used family and friends to allegedly buy and steal guns in Georgia. Many of the guns had their serial numbers burned off with acid.

Kings County DA Ken Thompson said a grand jury indicted Quick, his wife, two uncles, and two friends on felony gun-trafficking charges.

Police said the number of shootings in the city so far this year is the same as in 2013, and that the murder rate is actually down. But the recent shooting of a 13-year-old boy in the eye outraged many people. The Brooklyn DA said the office wants to send a message that gun trafficking will not be tolerated.

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