Federal agents flag Dark Web as potential firearms market

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Investigators with the Government Accountability Office purchased two banned firearms on the Dark Web, during a recent investigation into online gun sales.

One of the weapons was an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle with an obliterated serial number, which makes it difficult to trace and illegal to own. The second gun was a fully-automatic Uzi.

The report concluded that "the relative anonymity of the Internet makes it an ideal means for prohibited individuals to obtain illegal firearms."

The Dark Web is a part of the Internet that contains content that has been intentionally concealed and requires specific software to access. It is known as a marketplace for contraband, including drugs and stolen identities.

You can find the GAO report here. And you can find CBS 5 Investigates' previous work on black market guns here.

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Morgan  LoewMorgan Loew is an investigative reporter at CBS 5 News. His career has taken him to every corner of the state, lots of corners in the United States, and some far-flung corners of the globe.

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Morgan Loew
CBS 5 Investigates

Morgan’s past assignments include covering the invasion of Iraq, human smuggling in Mexico, vigilantes on the border and Sheriff Arpaio in Maricopa County. His reports have appeared or been featured on CBS News, CNN, NBC News, MSNBC and NPR.

Morgan’s peers have recognized his work with 11 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards , two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative reporting, an SPJ First Amendment Award and a commendation from the Humane Society of the United States. Last fall, Morgan was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle, in recognition of 25 years of contribution to the television industry in Arizona.

Morgan is a graduate of the University of Arizona journalism school and Concord Law School. He is the president of the Arizona First Amendment Coalition and teaches media law and TV news reporting at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

When he’s not out looking for the next big news story, Morgan enjoys hiking, camping, cheering for the Arizona Wildcats and spending time with his family at their southern Arizona ranch.

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