TRAC Report – Federal Weapons Enforcement: A Moving Target

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 13, 2013

TRAC: “The number of federal prosecutions for weapons violations in FY 2012 was almost exactly the same as it was a decade earlier. But within the FY 2002 – FY 2012 period there were several dramatic enforcement shifts, both up and down, as documented in a new report released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The report also makes available recent prosecution numbers under each of 75 individual federal weapons statutes. These and many other insights about the federal enforcement of the gun laws have emerged from an analysis of hundreds of thousands of government records as President Obama, the National Rifle Association, Congress and the American people debate whether and how to change the federal role in gun enforcement. The dispute intensified in December after the killing of 20 children and six adults in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.”

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