How ATF’s culture of leniency, lack of oversight allows ‘wayward’ gun shops to stay open

How ATF’s culture of leniency, lack of oversight allows ‘wayward’ gun shops to stay open

A new investigation by USA Today and The Trace finds that the ATF, the federal body policing the gun industry, is "frequently toothless and conciliatory," goes easy on "wayward dealers" and sometimes allows guns to "flow into the hands of criminals." Stephanie Sy speaks to USA Today’s Nick Penzenstadler, one of the lead investigative reporters, about the report and the San Jose mass shooting. Read the Full Transcript Judy Woodruff: The shooting in San Jose that took nine lives is the latest in a spike of mass shootings. In fact, the U.S. is averaging more than 10 a week this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The Archive defines a mass shooting as one where four or more people are injured or killed. It’s led many to ask once again about guns and what can be done. Stephanie Sy looks at the role of the federal government’s chief watchdog — that is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms — in a conversation she taped a short time ago. Stephanie Sy: Judy, a new investigation by USA Today and The Trace finds that the ATF, which is in charge of policing the gun industry, is — quote — "frequently toothless and conciliatory, bending over backward to go easy on wayward dealers, and sometimes allowing guns to flow into the hands of criminals." A team of reporters looked at more than 2,000 gun inspections between 2015 and 2017. It found too many cases of dealers breaking the law without […]

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