College Gun Smuggling Bust


Erik Lopez

Shakor Rodriguez is a 23-year-old student at Austin Peay State University who was arrested for over 300 gun-related charges. He would sell these weapons to officers during school hours. During this time he lived in the Bronx, New York City.

Shakor was able to bring firearms and magazines to New York City from southern states like Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. He was able to run this operation for a long period of time before getting caught.

Marlene Lenthang from NBC News expanded on the massive weapon sales done by the 23-year-old. “Rodriguez allegedly sold an undercover officer 73 firearms, 59 of which were loaded and over 40 high capacity magazines from July 17, 2020 to December 22, 2021”.

When speaking about Rodriguez’s arrest, New York City mayor, Eric Adams, emphasized the lack of weapon control in the United States while on NBC News. “Look at all how our federal state and city agencies are not coordinating the way they should, we’re not stopping the flow of guns around America”

This concerning case raises the debate about the ongoing gun situation in America. Many believe that without proper federal regulations, guns will still find a way to get back on the street and the cycle of illegal gun distribution— and consequently gun violence, will continue. Critics also argue that instead of fixing the laws against guns, federal, state and city agencies are focusing on insignificant issues.