Rift Between ATF And U.S. Attorney Leads To Uncollected Guns
AIR DATE: November 23, 2012
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is supposed to retrieve guns from people who fail background checks during the purchasing process. But, according to an investigation by the Reno Gazette-Journal, since a dispute erupted between the ATF and the U.S. Attorney in Reno, more than three dozen guns were not taken back from people who failed those checks. We'll talk with Reno Gazette-Journal investigative reporter Martha Bellisle about what happened and where those firearms ended up.
Whatever one's feelings on this topic, the basic premise of background checks is flawed: only law-abiding people go to the trouble to get them. Criminals who want guns simply buy them for cash from someone in a dark, seedy parking lot. The same logic applies to gun licensing and concealed carry permits. Bottom line, all of these things are essentially useless in stopping what they are intended to stop.Tim Hunt –Nov 21, 2012 13:49:45 PM
We need to do background checksJames –Nov 20, 2012 22:58:25 PM