The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been without a permanent director for six years, as President Obama recently noted. But even if someone were to be confirmed for the job, the agency’s ability to thwart gun violence is hamstrung by legislative restrictions and by loopholes in federal gun laws, many law enforcement officials and advocates of tighter gun regulations say.Wouldn't it be common sense to give the authorities all the proper tools necessary to investigate crime? Combined with closing the private sale loophole, a national registry of gun transactions would be the right thing.
For example, under current laws the bureau is prohibited from creating a federal registry of gun transactions. So while detectives on television tap a serial number into a computer and instantly identify the buyer of a firearm, the reality could not be more different.
Fear of gun confiscations is the usual excuse, but I don't think that's reasonable. I think many gun owners oppose this simply because they want the freedom to fly below the radar and do what they want with no interference. What that means, of course, is they're not as law-abiding as they say.
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