At a Glance | January 29

Marlton Man Accused of Manufacturing, Selling ‘Ghost Guns’ Out of Residence

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A Marlton man built and sold firearms that did not have serial numbers, also known as “ghost guns,” out of his residence, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. Gregory Carleton (right), 56, was arrested on January 17 in Hammonton after investigators seized 23 handguns and five rifles/shotguns during a search of his home. Two additional handguns were found in another search of his vehicle. Prosecutors said equipment, devices, tools, and mechanisms were also discovered. Carleton faces multiple weapons charges. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), people are generally allowed to make guns for personal use; however, “individuals engaged in the business of manufacturing firearms for sale or distribution must be licensed by ATF.” The number of ghost guns in the United States is unknown, as the ATF is unable to track them.

TSA Orders Six Middle East-Based Airlines to Increase Security Checks on Cargo Headed to US

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued an emergency order on January 22 requiring six airlines to conduct stricter screenings of cargo on flights headed to the United States. The impacted airlines— EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad Airways—operate out of seven airports in five countries: Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates. In a statement, the TSA cited “persistent threats to aviation” for issuing the order and chose the particular Middle East countries due to “demonstrated intent by terror groups to attack aviation from them.” NBC News reported that TSA spokesman Thomas Kelly said there are no current specific threats to US-bound cargo, but decisions are continually being made to “ensure that we stay ahead of the threats to commercial aviation.” The order requires airlines to provide US Customs and Border Protection with information about cargo, including who sent a parcel and where it was sent from, before loading and departure of flights headed to the US. The details are then compared to information the US has on terror threats. The TSA stated airlines in some other countries already voluntarily follow these procedures.

US Sees 11 Shootings in Educational Environments About Three Weeks Into 2018

A shooting at a western Kentucky school on January 23 marked the 11th shooting in an educational environment throughout the United States so far in 2018. A 15-year-old male student opened fire with a handgun in a common area of Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, before classes started. Two students died and 18 were injured. The suspect was arrested at the scene and faces two murder counts and other charges. This incident followed two other shootings on school property the day before. A 15-year-old female student was wounded when a 16-year-old male student fired a semi-automatic handgun inside the cafeteria of a high school in Italy, Texas. In New Orleans, a 14-year-old male student suffered abrasions when someone in a pickup truck fired shots toward a group of students in the parking lot outside of a charter school. There were at least five shootings in educational environments by this time in 2017. Since 2013, shootings on school property have occurred at an average rate of about one per week.

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