Congressional candidate's gun stolen, then used in 2000 robbery

Published 08/28 2014 04:49PM

Updated 08/28 2014 05:28PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A media report Thursday identifies 24th Congressional District Republican challenger John Katko as the federal agent whose gun was stolen in 2000 and a few weeks later used in a robbery that ended with two people killed, though not by his gun.

Katko says his job put him under credible threat to the point about 14 years ago he asked the justice department for permission to carry a gun.

He says only a few months later, while attending a meeting in a local church, that gun was stolen.

John Katko, tells NewsChannel 9, "The gun was locked in the car underneath the seat out of view. I was the victim of a crime and it happens. It's unfortunate, it's terrible but that's what happened. The Department of Justice found no wrong doing, what else more can I tell you."

That gun was used in a robbery on in Syracuse where two people were killed, although not by Katko's weapon.

Katko says, "I've endured a lot more threats since then and so did my family but we endured and did the right thing for our job, our society and we made a difference in people's lives and I think that goes towards leadership."

Dan Maffei, the Democratic incumbent says, "Anything like that brings up some questions that I think should be answered and some of those questions are for my opponent but I really have no idea at this time whether it will be a major issue."

One thing they agree is an issue in this race is the economy.

Maffei says, "But if you look at small businesses, particularly entrepreneurial businesses, high tech manufacturers, some of the new kinds of service industries, financial services, there is a lot of room for growth in Central New York, even tourism."

Katko says "Let's figure out fixing the tax policies so we can get these companies back because if you get these companies back that's the best way to help the middle class and best way to get more jobs."

You'll be able to see a debate between Maffei and Katko on NewsChannel 9.

The hour-long debate will air on Sunday, November 2nd at 7 p-m. That's two days before Election Day.

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