MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) offered a reward for information leading to an arrest after at least 43 guns were stolen from a shooting range.
On July 1, Range USA reported the guns stolen from its location on Whitten Road. Investigators are still checking to see whether any more guns were taken.
Going to Range USA is a day trip for neighbors Pam Brigance and Arthur Hammontree. Brigance works on her shooting so she can become a permitted gun carrier. Brigance's life-long gun carrying neighbor never misses an opportunity to come to the range.
"I couldn't believe it. I mean, I could see guns from other places like pawn shops, but in a shooting gallery?" Pam Brigance said. "There are now 43 guns on our streets illegally, which means they are being sold to other people, probably criminals because that's the only way they can get one."
Long-time patrons of Range USA hope this burglary will change how these types of criminals are punished.
"I know this place went to extreme measures to have locked doors, locked safes, locked everything else there. This was somebody who really wanted in there bad," Hammontree said. "It really upset me. I really hope that when they are caught and they will be caught, that they will be harshly dealt with."
ATF is offering a $2,500 reward that will be matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for a total of $5,000 for information leading to the arrests of those responsible.
ATF and Memphis Police Department are working this case as a joint investigation. A breakdown of the type of guns stolen has not been released.
If you know anything about who may have taken these firearms, call ATF at 800-ATF-GUNS or Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.