By Lawrence G. Keane NSSF Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Even Hillary Clinton has to first concede that the vast majority of federally licensed firearms retailers (FFLs) are law-abiding business owners that comply with a complex, government-mandated regulatory system. But, the facts are not stopping Hillary Clinton from misrepresentation and vilification in pursuit of her gun-control agenda and playing to her political base.
“But a few bad actors are responsible for supplying the vast majority of guns used in crimes — and we need to shut them down,” Mrs. Clinton said in a response to a questionnaire from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Clinton then referenced a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) statistic saying, “Indeed, nearly 90 percent of guns recovered on crime scenes in America come from just 5 percent of gun dealers in America. We know who these bad actors are. But we rarely revoke a gun dealer’s license, even if they break the law.”
These comments represent a purposeful misrepresentation of ATF trace data that meets her goal of taking the attention off criminal activity and what it is involved to actually fight crime, while villainizing lawful businesses. And if a few firearms retailers are closed down, well that just proves her point, doesn’t it?
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