A gun dealer pinged TTAG yesterday with an interesting story. “I had a woman come in to the store and buy a Glock. She did not look like your average Glock buyer. Two days later she bought another Glock. I called the ATF (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and told them I suspected she was a straw purchaser (i.e., a person who buys guns for felons). The ATF told me to let the sale go through. She bought a dozen guns over the next six months . . .
The ATF eventually busted her and two convicted felons. That’s great, but there are a dozen guns in criminal hands (in a major midwestern city). Why didn’t the ATF bust them after two or three guns?”
Maybe it was a resource problem; the ATF didn’t have enough agents to launch an investigation. Maybe it took that long to build a case. Or maybe gunwalking is standard operating procedure at the ATF.
[Note to gun dealers: record all conversations with the ATF. Remember that the Fast and Furious scandal came to light before U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was gunned down by drug thugs wielding ATF-enabled firearms; when the ATF took Badger Guns to court for allowing straw purchases that the ATF had approved.]