Gun-friendly Texas had most gun dealer violations in the nation, USA TODAY analysis shows

Gun-friendly Texas had most gun dealer violations in the nation, USA TODAY analysis shows

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and several of the state’s top Republican leaders point with pride to an array of recent efforts to expand the gun rights of law-abiding Texans and have vowed to resist any federal efforts they believe might chip away at the Second Amendment. But a yearlong investigation by USA TODAY in partnership with a publication called The Trace that examines gun violence in the United States suggests federal authorities have not been overly aggressive when it comes to cracking down on dealers who run afoul of gun rules. Not only did Texas gun dealers have more federal violations than any other state during the period covered, 2015 to 2017, the number of violations is twice as high as the state with the second highest number, according to the USA TODAY/The Trace analysis of data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. But often, the investigation found, the dealers receive few, if any, sanctions for violating federal rules regarding paperwork, background checks and prohibited purchasers. More: After repeated ATF warnings, gun dealers can count on the agency to back off; sometimes firearms flow to criminals Andi Turner, a spokeswoman for the Texas State Rifle Association, said she could not comment on any specifics because she had no firsthand details. But she suggested that federal agencies too often bog themselves down with paperwork rules while failing to follow up on legitimate matters involving background checks and other matters that directly affect public safety. "The, the […]

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