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When it comes to tracing guns, the ATF really sucks at it

Information Week on that gun registry the feds are not allowed, by law, to have:

A key piece of the White House’s gun control plan — the process by which the feds use serial numbers and descriptions to trace the original source of a gun sale — is at risk of failure. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is using 1960s era technology to manage a 21st century problem. And nothing is being done to fix it.

7 Responses to “When it comes to tracing guns, the ATF really sucks at it”

  1. TigerStripe Says:

    I hope they continue to have 1960’s technology.

    TS

  2. Kevin Baker Says:

    I’d prefer 1860’s.

  3. Sean D Sorrentino Says:

    I’d prefer that some enterprising person would haul everything out into the parking lot and burn it.

    4473s are supposed to be held for 20 years by the dealer. The only way the ATF should get it is if the FFL goes out of business. Does anyone believe that the ATF destroys the records as soon as they get to be 20 years old?

    They should.

  4. rickn8or Says:

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is using 1960s era technology to manage a 21st century problem. And nothing is being done to fix it.

    Shhhhhh. Be vewwy vewwy quiet. They’re using 1930’s technology to maintain the NFA database too.

    None of us wants a well-organized, efficient thugocracy.

  5. somejerk Says:

    You don’t have to burn a building to stop the database, just find out if they have any contractors and file a False Claims Act suit against them. Allege that every penny they invoiced the government for was a violation of law, and demand statutory treble damages. Watch every contractor in America scurry to get away from ATF like they had cooties.

    Frankly, I’m surprised no one has looked at how legally vulnerable these guys are, considering how much of what they do is ultra vires.

  6. Motor-T Says:

    You’ll notice they don’t mention how “effective” these traces are in catching actual violent criminals.
    They also don’t mention why the current system is thwarting their crime fighting efforts.

  7. AJ187 Says:

    Hate the tone of the commentators on that site. Author doesn’t sound so keen on the 2A, just another big government shill.