President Biden’s pledged crackdown on “rogue” gun dealers is unlikely to put a dent in gun crime, only a tiny minority of which is committed with weapons bought from licensed dealers, according to federal statistics and studies on the subject.
The Biden administration on Wednesday announced “zero tolerance” for gun dealers who willfully violate the law, as part of the administration’s strategy to combat what the Department of Justice (DOJ) calls a “staggering” surge in violent crime.
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The “zero-tolerance” policy targets federally licensed firearms dealers who “willfully” transfer a weapon to someone prohibited from owning one or ignore a tracing request from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The ATF would seek to revoke the dealer’s license after the first offense, a senior White House official said.
Biden, standing next to Attorney General Merrick Garland, told Americans on Wednesday that “enough rogue gun dealers” – whom he described as “merchants of death” – “feel like they can get away with selling guns to people who aren’t legally allowed to own them.”
But a Fox News review of data on the subject raises serious questions about the extent to which “rogue gun dealers” are driving the nationwide spike in violent crime.
The “zero-tolerance” policy targets federally licensed firearms dealers who “willfully” transfer a weapon to someone prohibited from owning one or ignore a tracing request from the ATF. (ISTOCK)
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A 2016 survey, conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics under DOJ, of federal and state inmates found that the overwhelming majority of inmates who used a gun while committing their crimes didn’t buy their weapon from a licensed dealer.
“Among prisoners who possessed a gun during their offense, 90% did not obtain it from a retail source,” which includes flea markets and pawn shops, in addition to licensed gun dealers, Depart
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