Federal regulators have ordered a Wisconsin gun dealer that repeatedly failed to keep accurate records and made suspected straw gun sales to stop selling firearms – three years after the store was first notified its license was being revoked, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives notified Shawano Gun & Loan it must stop selling guns on Sept. 18. ATF allowed the store to keep selling guns for years as the revocation appeal crept forward. This week the agency changed course.
The change comes after a series of articles in the Journal Sentinel documenting how laws enacted by Congress hobble the agency’s effectiveness in cracking down on problem gun dealers. Last month, U.S. District Judge William Griesbach of Green Bay ruled that Shawano Gun broke federal law and should lose its license. The store filed an appeal. ATF typically allows stores to continue selling guns during the appeal process, because it prevents what it perceives as a worse scenario: A dealer can, on a one-time basis, move an entire inventory into his “private collection” and potentially sell the firearms at gun shows without doing background checks.