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NEWS NEARBY: $75K in Guns Stolen From Gwinnett Store

News from Patch sites in the area.

Just hours after a large shipment of weapons arrived at a Dacula gun store, burglars struck the shop and stole numerous handguns, tactical rifles and shotguns.

According to business owner David Duncan, Big Gun Armory received two large deliveries Friday afternoon. Duncan said the 65 guns were immediately placed on display, since store inventory had been heavily depleted due to increased sales related to the election, the Connecticut school shootings and holiday shopping.

Then, at 1:47 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, Duncan got a call from his alarm company -- the burglar alarm had been activated. Gwinnett County Police were also notified and arrived four minutes after getting the call, but it was too late.

“They cleaned my place out,” Duncan said.

According to Duncan, the burglar or burglars entered the store by smashing the front door glass, reaching through the bars and unlocking the door.

Duncan explained that he initially had a keyed lock on the interior and exterior of the door, but was instructed by the fire marshal to switch the interior keyed lock to a twist lock for safety purposes. As a result, the burglar or burglars were able to access the interior of the store without damaging anything other than the glass.

For more on this story, visit Dacula Patch.

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Joy Calloway January 02, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Sounds like the public safety was compromised as a result of safety regulations for a store door, considering the type of store it was. Regulations should include 2 locks in any store - one with a twist latch and one double-keyed (and especially for stores selling weapons) and allowing the double-keyed one to be used when the store is closed for business. If the store is closed, anyone remaining inside should have a key to the double-keyed lock. Nothing but common sense. It doesn't stop a thief who can pick locks, but it can make sure the police have additional time to respond to an alarm while they try to pick it and get in.

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