Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Alaska FFL Guy and Hidden Criminal Goes to The Supreme Court

Jonathan Lowy with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington, D.C., who is co-counsel with Mark Choate on behalf of the family of the murdered Simone Young Kim, argued that Coxe sells guns off the books then later claims that they are missing. Lowy said a previous audit of Rayco Sales found 200 guns missing from the inventory.

“To put that in context, 90 percent of gun dealers have zero guns missing from inventory,” Lowy said. “ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), they looked at the worst of the worst as far as gun dealers in this country. Out of 800,000 gun dealers, they found 16 in the entire nation who had that sort of total.”
First of all, we have to point out the transparent and blatant spin job in the above paragraph.  If 90% of gun dealers have zero guns missing, then 10% have some guns missing. That makes 80,000 total gun dealers who have guns missing.

The 16 who "had that sort of total," must mean only 16 FFL guys had 200 or more guns missing. That figure stretches credibility, but to say "out of 800,000 gun dealers, they found 16"  is a double spin.  The 16 figure has to be increased to include all those with guns missing even if they were fewer than 200, and the 800,000 figure should be replaced by the total number of inspections.

This would probably bring us back to the 10% figure which is TOO MUCH.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.


  1. As of Jan. 11, 2012 there are only 56,151 Retail Dealers/Pawnshops in the United States that sell firearms. There are a total of 125,339 FFL's but those are manufacturers, importers, and explosive dealers.

    Out of 800,000 gun dealers
    This must be over the course of years

    mikeb said...the 800,000 figure should be replaced by the total number of inspections
    If this was a single year, then each gun shop would have been inspected over 14 times a year.

    Something's just not right with this story.

  2. Mikeb, you listen too much to the Brady Bunch--that's what I think.