Few Federal Prosecutions On Unlawful Gun Buys

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Thousands of people ineligible to buy firearms purchased them anyway, and few have been prosecuted by the Justice Department, says the Washington Post. Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine identified more than 7,000 cases in 2002 and 2003 in which a person barred from buying a gun under federal restrictions was able to do so. The report found that fewer than 1 percent of the 120,000 people who unlawfully tried to buy guns in those years were prosecuted. The report found that delays in tracking down unlawful purchasers to retrieve the guns "increase the risk that prohibited . . .

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