After 7 Years of Declines, TRAC Finds Uptick in ATF Gun Prosecutions

After seven years of declines, the number of prosecutions for weapons and other offenses referred by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has staged a turnaround so far in 2012, reports the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse of Syracuse University. Federal figures show 6,258 new matters filed so far during FY 2012. If this pace continues, ATF prosecutions will increase 5.9 percent this year over last.

With 142 ATF prosecutions per million population, the Southern District of Alabama led the nation on a per-capita basis, with more than four times the national average. The Eastern District of North Carolina saw 242 ATF prosecutions, more than any other judicial district, followed by Kansas with 232.TRAC is a non-partisan research organization associated with Syracuse.

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