MASON CITY, Iowa- The Clive Police Department is asking for the public’s help after around 16 guns, including seven automatic rifles, were stolen from a Clive gun store and shooting range.
“I wonder where those guns are now,” says Richard Pierson, a long time gun owner and Mason City resident.
Pierson says keeping firearms secure is something everyone should be taking seriously.
“I keep mine in the safe in the basement,” he said. “It’s locked, no one can get in there except for me. I think it's a safety issue. I see too many little kids getting killed by getting in to somebody's loaded firearm.”
He says it is very upsetting finding out this many fire arms have been stolen, which is one of the reasons why he shops at Hart Brothers Weaponry in Mason City, saying they too have made safety a top priority.
“We've got 13 cameras, six motion sensors, bars on the windows, steel doors, deadbolts that are solid,” said Kemlin Hart, owner of Hart Brother Weaponry.
They moved their store to the location near downtown Mason City a little over a year ago. He says when they made that move, keeping themselves and everyone else safe was the top priority.
While he does say gun deals have to file paper work if a gun goes missing, he says gun shop security is a little more relaxed.
“ATF has no regulations on security for a gun store, he said. “You could have a swinging screens screen door and they're OK with that.”
When it comes to the Clive gun shop, we know they did have security cameras and other measures in place, but the Clive Police Department says the guns were not locked up in the store.
Hart feels more gun dealers need to use common sense when it comes to keeping weapons secure and keeping those in the public safe.
“It's pretty scary to see that many firearms being put in the hands of probably criminals,” said Pierson.
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