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Trivial Violations

"Trivial Violations"? examines every published federal court decision between 2001 and 2006 — 21 in all — in which gun dealers challenged ATF's license termination actions. Instead of "trivial violations," as the gun lobby has characterized misconduct by dealers in its efforts to further protect them, the cases are replete with frequent and serious illegal activity by gun sellers, including:

  • Selling guns to straw buyers, and even advising criminals to bring straw buyers into the store to fill out the paperwork;
  • Selling an assault pistol with its serial number obliterated;
  • Selling guns to juveniles;
  • Having no record of sale for hundreds or thousands of firearms that were acquired by the dealer but were no longer in store inventory;
  • Failing to conduct Brady background checks on gun buyers.

Read the full report Trivial Violations