Gun-Record Violations Up 276%, Most Dealers Not Inspected for 5 Years


Nearly 60 percent of federally licensed firearms dealers have not been checked by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the past five years, says the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General, says USA Today. The report said the federal agency that enforces gun laws is stretched too thin to keep up with the growing number of firearms dealers. It often takes more than a year – sometimes more than three years – for the agency to revoke a dealer’s license after finding serious violations. The report found violations of record-keeping rules are up 276 percent since 2004, but the number of firearms licenses revoked is down 43 percent. The inspector general’s report is the most complete look at the nation’s firearms-dealer-regulation system since 2004. “It’s completely outrageous,” said Josh Horwitz of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “The agency has an appalling lack of resources.” President Obama’s proposed 2014 budget asks Congress for $173 million more to enforce gun-safety laws, partly by increasing the frequency of inspections.

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