September 2004

Short Shots: 09/04

Records Release: ATF Won’t Supply Data on Illegal Firearms Use
Congress has stopped a federal agency from releasing records on guns used in crimes and may prevent their release in lawsuits against the gun industry as well.

[IMGCAP(1)]The congressional ban on public releases of firearms-tracing data, placed in the current Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives budget, has led the agency to conclude it cannot answer basic questions about gun crimes.

“Because it’s information derived from licensed dealer records, we are prohibited from releasing that information,” explained Gerald Petrilli, ATF chief in Denver. The ATF maintains a database of guns that have bee...

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