Toccoa Pawn & Variety, was identified as irresponsible and rogue during a mayoral press conference earlier this year however Mayor Bloomberg may have made a mistake by including this gun broker in his lawsuit.
The legal team hired by Toccoa Pawn & Variety found that 8 of 14 fully traced firearms found in New York City were stolen during a 1997 burglary. In the 1997 burglary, thieves stole 127 firearms by defeating the buildings alarm system. A full investigation by local, state and Federal agencies returned only a limited number of firearms. Four additional firearms identified by Bloomberg have not completed the full trace history but it is likely that the additional firearms found in New York were stolen as well.
Toccoa Pawn & Variety has been in full compliance with the ATF for 21 years, the amount of time it has sold firearms.
Mayor Bloomberg failed to fully research the firearms found in New York City before labeling the business as irresponsible.
It is unfortunate that Mayor Bloombergs office didnt contact us prior to filing of the lawsuit and give us the opportunity to make the Mayor aware what happened in 1997. We fully intend to defend ourselves against this lawsuit We pride ourselves in running a respectable business and this lawsuit has damaged the public trust we spent years to develop in the community.
In light of the facts surrounding the firearms found in New York City Toccoa Pawn Shop hopes that Mayor Bloomberg will recognize his mistake and take the appropriate steps to restore public confidence in Toccoa Pawn & Variety.
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