131: Why -- and How -- Are Lawbreaking Gun Dealers Being Protected?
In 2017, Brady took the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to court to obtain inspection reports of gun industry businesses that violated firearms laws. This litigation resulted in the ATF delivering 50,000 pages of reports detailing inspections of over 2,000 gun dealers between July 2015 and June 2017. These documents tell a disturbing story. In this very special episode, hosts Kelly and JJ are joined by Brady President Kris Brown and Legal Counsel & Director of Programs at Brady, Josh Scharff to discuss the findings of those reports —namely how dealers with repeated violations have been allowed to remain in business without reform.
A recent USA Today and the Trace investigation examined the ATF’s oversight of the gun industry using over 30,000 pages of these ATF inspection reports, which were provided by Brady and secured via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and litigation.
Mentioned in this podcast:
- Brady vs. the ATF (Brady)
- USA TODAY Collaborates with The Trace on Yearlong, Data-Driven Investigation Revealing the ATF Routinely Lets Problem Gun Dealers Off Easy (USA Today)
- The ATF Catches Thousands of Lawbreaking Gun Dealers Every Year. It Shuts Down Very Few (the Trace)
- Gun used in Odessa shooting shows risk when chain of illegal sale starts with home-based hobbyist dealers (USA Today)