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Old Jun 13th 2003, 5:23 pm
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By MICHELE McPHEE
DAILY NEWS POLICE BUREAU CHIEF

Some people spend their lunch hour eating, shopping or walking around.
City worker Lester Battle, 28, a Human Resources Administration clerk, used his break to sell machine guns and other firearms outside his downtown Brooklyn office, police and prosecutors said yesterday.

Battle was busted at work Wednesday and charged with selling 27 guns to an undercover cop from the NYPD's firearms investigation unit during a 15-month investigation. Two undercover cops from the unit were murdered last year while conducting a similar operation.

One 9-mm. handgun Battle allegedly sold was linked to a 2001 shooting in Brooklyn, where a 15-year-old boy riding his bicycle and a man standing on the corner were hit by stray bullets, officials said.

Battle also sold Uzis and sawed-off shotguns, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

"This individual sold numerous illegal firearms that went to the streets of our city and into the hands of other criminals," Kelly said.

Battle, who works at the HRA offices at 45 Nevins St., charged from $800 to $1,300 per weapon, a source said.

"He would get the guns locally, from Brooklyn," the source said.

Battle's brother, Saiyd Pryor, 21, turned himself in late Wednesday. They men share an apartment in Queens, police and prosecutors said.

Pryor was allegedly present at eight undercover gun buys.

"Selling illegal firearms is a very dangerous crime," said Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. "These guns can very well end up in the hands of children, or be used against police officers. What makes this case even more outrageous is that it was perpetrated by a city employee."

Originally published on June 13, 2003
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Old Jun 13th 2003, 6:28 pm
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There may be nothing of the same magnatude in the UK but I can assure you that shootings occur every day without exception.
UK criminal regardless of citizenship choose a firearm these days as they chance of the police being armed are still mimimal (although increasing in large metropolitan cities) and the need to protect from other armed criminals is increasing dramatically.

So it might not be long until your ganny is busted selling an uzi!

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Old Jun 13th 2003, 7:22 pm
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There may be nothing of the same magnatude in the UK ....
I wouldn't even be sure about that - even at the time of the British ban on hand guns the London Metropolitan Police estimated that 2,500 guns a week were being illegally imported to the UK.

Certainly having a gun is very much one of the tools of the trade for a wide range of criminal activity in the UK. When they are so widely available to criminals it is a mystery to me why law abiding citizens are absolutely prohibited from obtaining a hand gun and it is so difficult to obtain a permit for a long gun.

In an ideal world people wouldn't have, or need a gun, but it isn't, and it seems odd that only the crooks get guns.

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Old Jun 13th 2003, 11:48 pm
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Originally posted by frrussre
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By MICHELE McPHEE
DAILY NEWS POLICE BUREAU CHIEF

Some people spend their lunch hour eating, shopping or walking around.
City worker Lester Battle, 28, a Human Resources Administration clerk, used his break to sell machine guns and other firearms outside his downtown Brooklyn office, police and prosecutors said yesterday.

Battle was busted at work Wednesday and charged with selling 27 guns to an undercover cop from the NYPD's firearms investigation unit during a 15-month investigation. Two undercover cops from the unit were murdered last year while conducting a similar operation.

One 9-mm. handgun Battle allegedly sold was linked to a 2001 shooting in Brooklyn, where a 15-year-old boy riding his bicycle and a man standing on the corner were hit by stray bullets, officials said.

Battle also sold Uzis and sawed-off shotguns, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

"This individual sold numerous illegal firearms that went to the streets of our city and into the hands of other criminals," Kelly said.

Battle, who works at the HRA offices at 45 Nevins St., charged from $800 to $1,300 per weapon, a source said.

"He would get the guns locally, from Brooklyn," the source said.

Battle's brother, Saiyd Pryor, 21, turned himself in late Wednesday. They men share an apartment in Queens, police and prosecutors said.

Pryor was allegedly present at eight undercover gun buys.

"Selling illegal firearms is a very dangerous crime," said Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. "These guns can very well end up in the hands of children, or be used against police officers. What makes this case even more outrageous is that it was perpetrated by a city employee."

Originally published on June 13, 2003
Can't say Im not surprised Frank, at least it was'nt coke and grass like they sell in my Nephews high school in Nth Harrow. - enough said !!
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