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  •  And not all FFL Dealers are flawless, either. (1+ / 0-)
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    DefendOurConstitution

    We need better laws and resources for tighter enforcement of existing laws to stem the largely unregulated flow of weapons and ammunition.

    •  Please check your sources (1+ / 0-)
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      WakeUpNeo

      No, not all dealers are flawless but the sales of misused guns tracks total transactions:  

      10. It isn’t true that most gun acquisitions by criminals can be blamed on a few bad dealers. The report concedes that in 1998, “1,020 of 83,272 federally licensed retailers (1.2 percent) accounted for 57.4 percent of all guns traced by the ATF.” However, “Gun sales are also relatively concentrated; approximately 15 percent of retailers request 80 percent of background checks on gun buyers conducted by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.” Researchers have found that “the share of crime gun traces attributed to these few dealers only slightly exceeded their share of handgun sales, which are almost equally concentrated among a few dealers.”
      Volume, not laxity, drives the number of ill-fated sales.  http://www.slate.com/...  

      I'm a 4 Freedoms Democrat.

      by DavidMS on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 09:00:12 AM PDT

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      •  Laxity is a real problem among some FFL dealers (0+ / 0-)

        and many private owners, in some states more than others depending upon differing reporting requirements and compromised enforcement efforts:

        Lost and Stolen Guns from Gun Dealers

        Every year tens of thousands of guns are discovered to be missing from the inventories of federally licensed gun dealers. Guns that go missing from dealer inventories, whether they are stolen, illegally sold without proper documentation, or misplaced due to negligent recordkeeping, pose two main risks to public safety:

        1. Guns stolen from dealers often end up in criminal hands. Following a two-year study of gun-trafficking investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, reported that 14 percent of gun-trafficking investigations involved guns stolen from gun dealers.

        2. Guns lost or stolen from dealers are more difficult to trace because there is no record of who initially purchased the gun from the dealer. When these guns are used in crimes, any investigative lead offered by finding the gun at the crime scene goes cold when it is discovered that the gun dealer has no record of who purchased it...

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        Further details including state-by-state data at Governing:

        Report is 1st to Detail Lost, Stolen Guns by State

        Direct download (PDF) of BATF Audit Report:

        "2012 Summary: Firearms Reported Lost and Stolen"

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