This website has repeatedly attacked the idea that “trace guns” are the same as “crime guns.” The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires) encourages every U.S. law enforcement agency—and now our allies abroad—to run an ATF trace on every single gun they encounter, regardless of its source. If the cops recover a stolen gun that wasn’t used in a crime, it’s still traced through the ATF. The ATF lumps it in with all the other traced guns. The media can’t be bothered to make a distinction between traced guns and the ATF ain’t sayin’ nothing ’bout ‘dat. Their silence speaks volumes. Here’s another example of the ATF’s bias against gun dealers in high crime areas and generally. It’s from a presentation to foreign governments called Every Guns Tells a Story, explaining the ATF’s eTrace system to our “partners” . . .
Click here to download the whole document. Check slide number 39, Potential Firearms Tracking Indicators:
•Identify FFL’s in your Area Who May Cater to Criminals
•By utilizing the Top Source Dealer report, you can potentially identify FFL’s who are known as a criminal friendly FFL [emphasis added]
•Use Search for Transactions and select all transactions to pull multiple sales, and FFL thefts for the FFL to determine if any of the multiple purchases are ending up being involved in gang crime (ATF/TFO).
It may be a small point, and it may not, but since when are targets of investigations called “criminal” by a federal agency without charges being filed? Clearly, this cavalier conclusion reflects a cultural bias against gun dealers within the ATF.