Bill could triple ATF inspections on gun dealers, bring ‘may issue’ to granting FFLs
By Chris Eger
An ATF Houston industry operations investigator works with licensed gun dealers to assist with regulatory compliance (Photo: ATF)
Legislation introduced by House Democrats this month reboots a pair of failed past bills into one combined new effort to increase regulations on gun shops. The measure, entitled the Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act, is advertised by its sponsors as a move to strengthen accountability for gun dealers who may engage in illegal activities.
“The vast majority of gun dealers follow the law, but the few engaging in reckless and illegal behavior are a major factor in the gun violence epidemic gripping our nation,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, D-RI. “By specifically targeting bad actors that sell guns without background checks or falsify records, this bill will help stop guns from getting into the hands of criminals.”
The eight-page bill, introduced as H.R. 6075, would authorize triple the number of compliance inspections on a federal firearms license holder without reasonable cause or warrant from once in a 12-month period to three times. To accommodate such a bump in inspections, the measure adds 80 additional full-time positions to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
A recent review of some 11,000 inspections between October 2016 and