Skip to comments.House Panel OKs Tougher Gun Checks
Posted on 07/23/2002 2:21:33 PM PDT by USA21
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will put the power of the lead program into all 331 ATF offices throughout the United States," former ATF director John Magaw said. "Investigators will have immediate and direct access to the statistics and information provided by that database.
Trace information will now be available nationwide within 24 hours of the completed trace.
will greatly enhance law enforcement's ability to detect, imprison, and deter criminals-- the criminals behind the criminal who are illegally supplying guns to our communities," said treasury secretary Lawrence Summers.
The system presently contains more than 1 million crime-gun traces.
"We have computerized our firearms traces all the way back to 1989," said ATF special agent Dennis Murphy, who is with the crime-gun analysis branch. Murphy serves as the project's lead coordinator.
"Let's say we wanted to know what firearms were traced in 1999 on Minnesota Avenue, in Washington, D.C. If you're a local police officer and part of your beat in Washington, D.C. is Minnesota Avenue," Murphy said, "it would be helpful for you to know how many crime guns have been recovered this year on that stretch of road."
Murphy sets up an example, in which a series of different firearms are traced from records of guns recovered on Minnesota Avenue.
The first gun in Murphy's fictional example shows where the gun was purchased, information on Joe Doe, the original purchaser, where the gun was recovered, and the fact that officer Dave Smith requested the trace. It also includes the details on the weapon itself.
Many of the recovered guns are stored in a firearms library in Washington, D.C. The vault contains conventional guns and rifles, as well as rare firearms such as a self-contained, silenced machine gun.
"These are just a few of the firearms that we have in our firearms library. Many of these are in the firearms trace database," said special agent Tracey Hite. "They've been recovered in crimes and ATF agents have submitted these for our firearms library. They help us determine the function and capability of firearms that are involved in ongoing cases."
Online Lead can tell you just about anything you want to know about most of these guns.
When a gun is recovered, instant access to more than a million records is invaluable to law enforcement. Online Lead can do better than any human being can by identifying multiple gun sale trends, and pinpointing gun trafficking.
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The NRA wants a kinder, gentler type of gun control?
Give 'em a few more years and the database will be up to speed. Then the fun begins.
That's when we say to the politicos: Go ahead, make my day.
Peter Troy's history of mental illness made it illegal for him to own the gun that police say he used to spray bullets at a Long Island church, killing the priest and a worshipper.
"The entire lynchpin of our system to keep guns out of the wrong hands is the records in the background check system, and those records are in deplorable shape," said Jim Kessler, policy and research director of Americans for Gun Safety. "This will make a difference."
Perhaps you can tell that to a totally innocent 20-year-old Joseph Schultz who was shot point blank in the face by FBI-agent Christopher Braga who went Scott-free. Ask Joseph Schultz which he fears morel; some lunatic with a gun or an FBI agent with a gun? He may reply, "what's the difference?"
Then keep the loonies locked up. It is unreasonable to think that mere laws will keep guns out of the hands of all the dangerous people walking the streets today - indeed, locking them up doens't assure success since the Texas Seven stole the guard's guns and were armed even before setting foot on non-prison soil.
But don't create a caste system in which some people are denied the legal ability to buy guns that others of us may do - such that we all have to go around proving that we are members of the latter class, not the former. For one, it's offensive to have to demonstrate the class one is in, or even to have classes at all, and second, it's not like the background checks are able to reduce criminal access to guns at all in the first place.
You do realize that the eventual definition of "mental illness" used for purposes of this statute will be if you ever saw a psychiatrist even once, don't you?
Anyone who wants to own a gun in this day and age must be crazy.
Therefore, gun ownership shall be taken as prima facia evidence of insanity, and that person's guns shall therefore be forfeit.
Private gun ownership is therefore henceforth utterly banned.
(It's for the children.)
No, it couldn't have, you ignorant gun grabbing socialist knobhead.
Amen. The idea that someone is too evil/crazy to be armed, but not so bad that he can't be held, strikes me as totally foolish.
Our goal should be a 100% armed society, one where there is no longer a gun gap between whites and blacks.
My, oh my, but the taxpayers have deep pockets. I wonder what Congress would have done had he decided to drive a car into a crowd of people at the church, instead.