The government doesn’t like to prosecute criminals but they do want to take guns away from law-abiding citizens. I guess one can just never have enough gun laws to not enforce.
Joe Biden, who is insisting on more gun laws, said the Obama administration does not have time to fully enforce existing gun laws during his commission’s meeting with the NRA last week.
Jim Baker of the NRA recalled Biden’s words, “And to your point, Mr. Baker, regarding the lack of prosecutions on lying on Form 4473s, we simply don’t have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a question inaccurately.”
The penalties for submitting false information on the ATF Form 4473 are up to ten years in prison, but they don’t have time to check. If they really wanted to put gun criminals away, the laws are in place to do that. They could also go into gun neighborhoods and start confiscating their illegal guns instead of trying to take legal guns. Why won’t they do that? Read the story at the Daily Caller.
New York, with the strictest gun laws in the nation, prosecutes fewer gun criminals than any state in the union. Illinois, New York and California are out-prosecuted by Kansas (which has a much, much lower population). New York throws the gun criminals back on the street swiftly but they want to take guns away from those who don’t commit crimes – go figure.
President Obama’s administration won’t enforce gun laws:
…President Obama’s administration has turned away from enforcing gun laws, cutting weapons prosecutions over 45 percent since a high of about 11,000 under former President Bush.
Gun prosecutions peaked at 10,937 under Bush in 2004. A current TRAC report shows that the Obama administration is prosecuting about 6,000 weapons cases.
According to an October 2011 TRAC report, “There also has been a shifting emphasis towards drug-related investigations. Since ATF-referred prosecutions peaked in FY 2005, the number of weapons prosecutions actually has fallen by 32 percent, a much higher rate than for ATF prosecutions overall. Making up the difference has been the growing number of drug cases, up by 26 percent during the same period.”
In 2011, the Obama gun prosecutions hit a low for the decade, but there has been a slight uptick in prosecutions this year, said another TRAC report…
Clinton was just as bad at enforcing gun laws:
Although 100,000 people were stopped from purchasing guns by the instant background check system, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms referred just 200 for prosecution.
The committee report also says while Justice filed more than 7,000 charges in federal courts in 1992, they filed just 3,800 in 1998.
Clinton was also criticized for “abandoning “Project Triggerlock,” a program that brought firearm offenders to prosecution, and highlighted a similar local program from Richmond, Virginia, which he claimed contributed to a 30 percent decrease in homicides.”