Report: 8 out of 10 guns recovered in Haiti untraceable
By Christen Smith
ATF Firearms Specialist Richard Vasquez is surrounded by a cache of firearms in the gun vault on March 5, 2010, at the ATF National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Eight out of 10 guns recovered in Haiti last year can’t be sufficiently traced, according to a federal report published this week.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released international tracing data Wednesday for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean gathered through the agency’s National Tracing Center.
According to ATF findings, federal authorities recovered 2,340 firearms from the top five reporting Caribbean nations in 2016: the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
“Firearms tracing provides valuable investigative leads, specific trend data for ATF and its international partners, and information on the movement of a firearm from the manufacturer or importer through the distribution chain in an attempt to identify its first retail purchaser,” the agency said in a press release Wednesday.
For 88 percent of the 206 firearms recovered in Haiti, federal agents couldn’t trace the guns to the original point of sale. Just under half of the traces initiated for guns in Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago ended in similar