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ATF Gets It Right

ATF has criticized the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership for lying about trace data:

But ATF and gun proponents found flaws in the Brady Center’s calculations.

ATF supervisor Todd Reichert in Washington noted that the agency’s data included some gun sales that were originally made as much as 10 years ago, which is much longer than the two-year “time to crime” ATF considers an indicator of a possible illegal gun sale.

Reichert also said not all law enforcement agencies report recovered crime guns for tracing. And, he said, spikes in the numbers come after ATF help police agencies clear backlogs as those departments begin reporting recovered crime guns to the federal agency.

Though this is a refreshing change, it doesn’t quite make up for the fact that their special agents (ahem Tom Mangan like to get TeeVee time parroting Brady Campaign fabrications.

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