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Illegal Gun Trade on the Rise, Darknet Takes the Heat

Melbourne has seen a rise in the illegal gun trade, and it’s being blamed on the Darknet.

Illegal gun dealers have been setting up ads on the classifieds site, Craigslist advertising the sale of weapons; notably firearms. Once contacted, the seller often instructs the would-be buyer to contact them through the messaging app Wickr. Law enforcement have uncovered countless ads that offer guns and ammo for sale starting at $2,500. Victoria police issued a warning to would be buyers and sellers, stating that:

Police have conducted a number of investigations which have resulted in successful prosecutions from information gathered through these websites. If you are conducting business within these forums you will be caught and charged. For operational reasons, we cannot disclose the methodology used. We are absolutely committed to investigating these matters, prosecuting the offenders and removing firearms from our streets.

Chris Dawson, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Chief stated that illegal online marketplaces have made weapons more available and have made the sales and business transactions more anonymous. He also stated that they are aware of more than one illegal marketplace within the Darknet and that they are used to selling and purchasing illegal goods like drugs, and of course weaponry:

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission is aware that there are a number of illicit e-commerce websites on the dark web used for the sale and purchase of illicit commodities. These include weapons, illicit firearms, drugs, false identities, child abuse material, forged documents, secret foreign bank accounts, money laundering services, hacking techniques, phishing and spam tools, anonymous mail drops as well as other prohibited items.

Dawson also stated that global law enforcement has been successful in shutting down Darknet markets, and gave Silk Road as a prime example. He went on to say that anyone engaging in any illegal activity on these Darknet sites isn’t automatically granted anonymity anymore, and they can be caught and prosecuted.

Lesley Podesta, Alannah & Madeline Foundation Chief stated:

We are concerned to see firearms appear for sale online by private sellers, this may lead to a private, unregulated secondary market for firearms. We strongly support the need for firearm sales to be conducted with appropriate scrutiny and oversight.

More and more people are being busted for buying firearms from the deep web, as we see in recent and past articles. The shooting in Munich, Germany is a prime example. In collaboration with the FBI, German law enforcement was able to track down where the gunman purchased the weapon he used, and successfully arrested the seller after probing the Darknet markets. In another instance, a man from the United States was set up by Law Enforcement, and they intercepted packages containing firearms.

These are just two examples of people being arrested, tried, and prosecuted for the sale of illegal firearms and weaponry over Darknet Marketplaces.

 

13 comments

  1. I don’t think I’ve seen ONE legit firearms dealer on any of the marketplaces. The idea that the Dark Net is somehow responsible for the increase of illegal gun trade is a ridiculous concept made by people who don’t want to do research and instead want to blame the first thing they see.

    • Aussie pub brawler

      or…there’s another agenda here…

      • Aussie pub brawler

        like, for instance, they are now trying to legislate against “fake news sites” ( lol ) and trying to get “social media” to clamp down on ‘hate speech’….so…they’re desperately trying to demonise one part of the interwebs that, currently, is totally beyond their control…the Dark Web…

  2. Aussie pub brawler

    uh…”Craigslist” is the Dark Web?
    these fuckers can’t even get their shite straight!

    and 90% of DNM gun-dealers are scammers…so…again….this “story” has got zero credibility…..

    also: there are NO AUssies selling guns on the DNMs….
    no genuine gun-sellers that is…just the odd, under-cover copper and scammers….

    Melbourne has seen a rise in the illegal gun trade, and it’s being blamed on the Darknet

    so…if there are “illegal guns” (how TF can “a hunk of inert metal” be “illegal” any-way) …. then…they are being acquired the old-fashioned way…being smuggled in by gangsters and big drug dealers either via seatainer or light ‘plane/yacht … and…that has been occurring since the 1970s …. so…again….more BULL-shite….

  3. Aussie pub brawler

    The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission is aware that there are a number of illicit e-commerce websites on the dark web used for the sale and purchase of illicit commodities. These include weapons, illicit firearms, drugs, false identities, child abuse material, forged documents, secret foreign bank accounts, money laundering services, hacking techniques, phishing and spam tools, anonymous mail drops as well as other prohibited items

    “false identities” are NOT illegal in AUssie…only the use of false ID;
    (such as: producing false ID to a police officer)
    “foreign bank accounts” are, also, not illegal in AUssie…
    just using them for tax evasion;
    “money laundering” can mean any-thing….but….it is, basically, NOT illegal to ‘launder’ money…only to have stolen money or money gotten through fraud;
    “hacking techniques” are not illegal…just using those techniques for hacking;
    “anonymous mail-drops” are, also, not illegal…..

    looks as if the ACIC is nothing more than a big bunch of BS artists :(

  4. Most of dnm’s gun vendor are scamer.Really strange statement.

  5. Princeofdarkness

    its a smoke screen boys and girls, its called a disinfo article….., their making them selves LOOK like their doing theyre job, so they can go back to doing absolutely nothing.

    RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE!!

  6. I doubt that more than 100 people successfully bought guns on DNM. Anyway the number is statistically insignificant. At the same time there are millions of criminals carrying guns of all kinds and many travel around european countries masked as ‘refugees’. So maybe stupid governments should do something to make people feel safe again instead of turning society into a mess and using DN as a scapegoat.

    • Aussie pub brawler

      I doubt that more than 100 people successfully bought guns on DNM

      and…that would’v been “back-in-the-day” of Silk Road I, Black Market reloaded and Evolution…well over five years ago…..

      • 100 in 5 years of DN is pretty optimistic. 10 is more likely. Of course, people murdered by cops in the same years are indeed hundreds or even thousands but that doesn’t annoy politicians who want to strengthen their power.

        • Aussie pub brawler

          the “scammers” on Alpha are now so obvious, that a 10-yr-old could spot them…some of them don’t even know the difference between a pistol and a revolver…..
          there’s a new type of gun around, y’all!…
          “a pistolver” lol
          actually, Alpha might be ditching gun sales altogether….most of the ads in the Weapons section there now are for “replicas” and air-guns…..

        • I think you guys vastly underestimate the sheer amount of guns that exist. I’m talking unregistered, “illegal” firearms only. Saying there’s “fuck tons” is such an understatement, it borders on insulting. Why would they not naturally be sold on the dn? I can’t speak for Australia, or the UK or anywhere else in Europe, but over here in America, we’ve got plenty of guns for sale. Face to face, at a gun show, swap meet, estate sale, in a back alley, in the trap house, in between classes at school, full auto and grenades from MI militia, munitions that “fell” off an army reserve truck, or shipped to your door via darknet or legit clear net…. however you want it, you can get it. Shit, 80% of Americans have a good chance of gaining access to an unregistered firearm by simply rooting through their parents closet and dressers. That’s were I found my first unregistered gun. If we only know 1 god damn thing, it’s fucking gun violence.

  7. I want the money

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