Tracing brings into sharp relief the fact that virtually all crime guns are first sold as new weapons by a licensed dealer to someone who cleared a background check. The criminal demand for weapons - especially new ones that cannot be tied to previous crimes - puts dealers at the front line of crime prevention.The folks at Realco, always compliant and cooperative with investigators, do what they all do, shrug their shoulders and claim powerlessness. The truth is there's a lot more they could do.
One ATF study found that about half the guns in trafficking cases started as "straw purchases" from licensed dealers.
But, since they won't, eventually we'll have to come to our senses and devise another plan.
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