CINCINNATI - A review released by the U.S. Department of Justice states the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has failed to inspect 58 percent of all federally licensed gun dealers in the United States.
The ATF inspects more than 123,500 Federal Firearms Licensees to help enforce federal laws.
9 On Your Side reporter Scott Wegener talked to Mike Salvatore, owner of the gun shop Gunslingers Outpost in Bethel, about the significance of the federal review.
Salvatore just opened his shop and says there's a lot of demand for what he sells.
Gun buyers have to fill out a firearms transaction record form, and then the information is called into the FBI for a background check. Federal law mandates this procedure.
To make sure the process is followed, the ATF is required to do annual records inspections of anyone who has a license to sell guns.
"The purpose of the inspection is to make sure there's a record whenever a gun dealer makes a transaction with a firearm," Salvatore said. "With that, if the weapon is ever used in the commission of a crime, authorities have some way to track down the original owner."
The review worries Salvatore, who was a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy in his previous career.
The problem he sees is two-fold: not enough man power and the national increase in gun stores like his own.
"I'm part of the problem," Salvatore said.
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