The ATF maintained in its response to the 2021 investigation that the “sole purpose” of its database and ongoing efforts to digitize out-of-business records “is to trace firearms used in crimes.”
More than half-a-million traces were performed in 2021, according to the ATF, and just under half a million in 2020. The ATF, however, says it does not have the ability to determine if the database actually helps solve crimes. The ATF’s National Tracing Center “has no ability to determine the successful prosecution of hundreds of thousands of crime gun traces it completes annually, nor does it have any way to link a trace for a specific prosecution for a particular year,” the agency informed Congress.
January 31, 2022
Biden Admin Has Records on Nearly One Billion Gun Sales
[There are number of things of interest in this:
- One billion gun sales!
- The ATF says they can’t even tell us if there has ever been a single crime solved via the tracing of a gun.
- Yet they continue to do a half million gun traces per year – to what purpose?
If the nearly sole purpose was to return stolen property to its rightful owner and they were successful most of the time I would wouldn’t complain too loudly.
If they were instrumental in solving hundreds of thousands of violent and/or property crimes every year I wouldn’t complain too loudly.
Neither of those two scenarios are true.. All evidence indicates the ATF are the criminals.