- About CIR
This hour long CIR co-production investigates the largest gun trafficking case ever prosecuted in the San Francisco Bay Area. Police had recovered approximately 100 guns sold by illegal arms dealer Sean Twomey at crimes scenes throughout the Bay Area and beyond, including homicides and bank robberies. The result of nearly four years of investigative work, "GunShots" revealed a glaring loophole that permits the legal sale of guns to an illegal trafficker. Information revealed in "GunShots" became the basis for the new California Firearms Trafficking Prevention Act.
GunShots tells the inside story of the Twomey case to explain how streetgun violence infects the Bay Area, and examines current efforts to stop this type of gun violence at the local and federal levels. Among these efforts, GunShots examines efforts to limit gun violence by the Bush Administration through tougher sentences for gun criminals. Attorney General John Ashcroft has vowed to make gun violence one of his top priorities through promoting Project Exile, a favorite program of the NRA that stiffens penalties for using guns in crime. The program is currently operating in Oakland.
GunShots also examines local efforts in Oakland to counsel victims of gun violence and prevent future revenge attacks. And the program reviews the Clinton Administration's efforts to find the sources of crime guns and stop guns from getting into the hands of criminals. The annual number of crime gun traces, for example, increased by four hundred percent during the Clinton presidency.
Finally, GunShots looks at the regulation of gun companies and how law enforcement is limited in collecting and computerizing data that would be helpful to their investigations of gun trafficking. The gun industry, itself, is currently the target of an unprecedented lawsuit by Bay Area cities demanding tighter controls and regulation on how guns are sold. The lawsuit claims that guns move too easily from the legal to the illicit market, and into the hands of criminals. If the lawsuit moves to trial, as expected, the Sean Twomey case may provide prime evidence against certain gun companies.