ATF cuts slack to gun dealers on violations

ATF cuts slack to gun dealers on violations

THERE ARE RULES: But sometimes violations are forgiven. The NRA and its fellow travelers frequently say the best gun control law is strict enforcement of existing laws. If only that applied to the gun industry. Reporting from the New York Times says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is lenient with gun dealers that break rules, including illegal gun sales. What happens when inspectors find violations? Senior officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regularly overrule their own inspectors, allowing gun dealers who fail inspections to keep their licenses even after they were previously warned to follow the rules, according to interviews with more than half a dozen current and former law enforcement officials and a review of more than 100 inspection reports. One store was cited for failing to conduct background checks before selling a gun. Another store owner told investigators he actively tried to circumvent gun laws. One threatened an A.T.F. officer, and another sold a gun to a customer who identified as a felon. All were previously cited by the A.T.F. In each instance, supervisors downgraded recommendations that the stores’ licenses be revoked and instead let them stay open. … Of about 11,000 inspections of licensed firearm dealers in the year starting in October 2016, more than half were cited for violations. Less than 1 percent of all inspections resulted in the loss of a license. Why the forbearance for gun sellers? The gun lobby and its supporters in Congress don’t like […]

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