2005-05-13 / Front Page

Weiner: Stop Sale Of Phony Police Badges

Federal authorities arrested a Bronx man after discovering 1,300 fake badges in his home, as well as drugs and guns.  Representative Anthony Weiner, author of legislation to crack down on the purchase and distribution of fake police badges, released the following statement:

“With a few dollars and the click of a mouse, anyone can have fake police badges rush delivered to their home. “The loopholes in the federal law are big enough for a terrorist to drive a truck through.

“So while the pictures are shocking we shouldn’t be so surprised when authorities discover someone operating what looks like a terrorist supermarket out of their home.  We’re making it way too easy for terrorists to shield their nefarious purposes behind a fake police badge. 

“It’s time for Republicans in the House to get on board with my bill and take these tools of terror out of circulation.”

Under existing law, anyone can purchase a fake badge as long as they are for “recreational” or “decorative” purposes.

Weiner’s legislation would eliminate the “recreational” and “decorative” purposes loopholes. 

According to a Weiner investigation, fake police badges are available on the Internet for as little as $30.

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