Thursday, July 7

Lawmakers demand transparency on gun shop inspections

This story was produced in partnership with The Trace.

Federal lawmakers are demanding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives turn over more detailed data from the last five years of gun dealer inspections, pointing to an investigation by The Trace and USA TODAY as evidence that the agency shirked its regulatory responsibilities.

“At a time when gun violence and crime are rising, it is unacceptable for bad actors to repeatedly avoid accountability,” a group of 27 US Representatives, all Democrats, wrote in a letter to the ATF, sent on the morning of May 26. “[W]e are concerned that ATF has failed to hold repeat offender gun dealers accountable.”

The letter comes as the country reels from a pair of devastating mass shootings, a racist attack in a Buffalo, New York, grocery store that killed ten and an elementary school massacre that took the lives of 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas.

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