Thousands of Assault Weapons Parts Seized

Customs and Border Protection discovers shipment from China.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have seized a shipment from China containing over 10,000 assault weapons parts at a hub in Louisville, Kentucky. The item was labeled as steel pin samples and arrived from the Shenzhen province. Smugglers often attempt to avoid further examintation of smuggled goods by describing them as a harmless or legitimate commodity on shipping manifests. 

Firearms and ammunition are regulated and restricted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and imports must be made by a licensed importer, dealer, or manufacturer. Thomas Mahn, Port Director, Louisville, said, “This smuggler was knowingly trying to avoid detection, however, our officers remain vigilant, ensuring our community is safe.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For U.S. Customs and Border Protection as they work to keep illegal items and substances out of American commerce.
  • For the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives as they regulate weapons and ammunition.

Sources:, Courier-Journal


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