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  •  Have you ever heard of the Tiahrt Amendments? (6+ / 0-)
    The Tiahrt Amendments, 2006, named for their original sponsor, U.S. Representative Todd Tiahrt (R-KS), are provisions attached to all federal spending bills....

    How Tiahrt Harms Law Enforcement

    NICS background check records are destroyed within 24 hours:

    The Tiahrt Amendments require the Justice Department to destroy the record of a buyer whose NICS background check was approved within 24 hours. This makes it harder to catch law-breaking gun dealers who falsify their records, and it makes it more difficult to identify and track straw purchasers who buy guns on behalf of criminals who wouldn't be able to pass a background check.

    ATF does not have the power to require dealer inventory checks to detect lost and stolen guns:

    While dealers must notify ATF if they discover that guns from their inventories have been lost or stolen, the Tiahrt Amendments prevent ATF from requiring gun dealers to conduct annual physical inventory checks to detect losses and thefts. ATF reported that in 2007 it found 30,000 guns missing from dealer inventories based on its inspection of just 9.3% of gun dealers.

    State and local authorities are restricted from using trace data to fully investigate corrupt gun dealers and traffickers:

    While the FY 2010 appropriations language restores full access to crime gun trace data for state and local law enforcement, the Tiahrt Amendments continue to restrict what state and local law enforcement can do with trace data they have gathered. For example, state and local law enforcement are still prohibited from using trace data in civil proceedings to suspend or revoke the license of a gun dealer who was caught breaking the law.

    Just sayin'

    Denial is a drug.

    by Pluto on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 04:12:42 PM PDT

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