7's Adam Williams talks to new Boston ATF chief

Posted: 10/24/13 at 10:55 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/25/13 at 6:11 pm EDT

BOSTON (WHDH) -- Daniel Kumor, the new head of Boston’s ATF Bureau, talks to 7News about the gun trafficking issues in Massachusetts. In an interview with just one station Daniel Kumor talks about the issue of illegal guns in Massachusetts.

Kumor: “It's an issue that certainly has our attention. Something we're never going to completely eradicate.”

Boston's new "special agent in charge" of ATF---the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Kumor: “My biggest concern is firearms trafficking.”

In our exclusive interview with Kumor firearms came up a lot, illegal firearms, identified by the bureau as one of the most serious, persistent threats to Massachusetts.

Adam Williams: “Are you recovering these illegal weapons on a daily basis, weekly basis?” Kumor: “I think you have weapons being recovered in Massachusetts on a regular basis, almost daily.”

In fact more than once a day.

Last year 1,600 “crime” guns were recovered and traced in Massachusetts, weapons linked directly to a crime or an investigation.

So where are they coming from?

Adam Williams: “I know this is a controversial issue but Fast and Furious unaccounted for weapons, they've shown up in the southwest, have they infiltrated the northeast part of the country?” Kumor: “Not that I'm aware of.”

Fast and Furious, that’s the operation from a couple years ago where the ATF purposely allowed firearms dealers to sell weapons to illegal buyers. They were hoping to track those guns to Mexican drug cartels, but many of the weapons were lost, unaccounted for and started infiltrating the southwestern United States.

Records of traced firearms show most of “crime guns” in Massachusetts were purchased here legally, but then stolen, sold or given to unlicensed carriers.

AW: “Are there still organized crime, organized gangs in New England that participate in transfer or weapons?” Kumor: “Absolutely.” AW: “Like Whitey Bulger type gangs?” Kumor: “More street gangs.”

And while Kumor says illegal guns are the state’s biggest concern, it’s impossible not to think about another area of the ATF’s expertise: explosives.

Kumor says the best weapon in preventing another attack is information.

Kumor: “Using intelligence to ID potential bomb makers is something we focus on. It's all about information sharing. We can be most effective in sharing information and sharing it timely.”

Kumor has been with the ATF for 25 years and calls recent events like the navy yard shooting and marathon bombing some of the most challenging of his career.

An ATF tactical medic above Dzhokhar Tsarvaev, after his arrest in Watertown.

Kumor: “It made me proud to see our folks involved in doing what they could to help others during that situation.” 

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