What does it solve?
Laws on how gun stores conduct their business have not been strengthened since the 1960s. Congress should pass comprehensive gun dealer reform.
Gun dealer reform should include requiring updated best practices for store security, record keeping, training, and ensuring that gun dealers who violate the law and endanger public safety can be swiftly held accountable. In addition, the federal agency that regulates gun dealers, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), needs the resources and authority to protect the public.
Myth & Fact
How it works
Comprehensive gun dealer reform would help stop guns from getting into the wrong hands.
Gun dealers can stop firearms from getting into the wrong hands. They can do this with best practices in selling firearms and securing stores. Common-sense laws can ensure that all gun dealers are protecting the public and that gun dealers that ignore the law can be held accountable.
There are more than 60,000 gun dealers in the United States, and 99 percent of Americans live within ten miles of one. The laws regulating these sellers are outdated. The ATF—the federal agency responsible for regulating gun dealers—is under-resourced and hampered by restrictions written by the gun lobby.
As a result of these restrictions and shortage of resources, only a small number of gun sellers are inspected each year. A majority of these investigations reveal violations, though. These violations range from the failure to keep full and accurate inventory and failing to complete the required forms necessary for crime gun tracing, to a failure to conduct background checks. Additionally, gun dealers must be required to use security practices that will ensure they are not susceptible to theft.
By the numbers
The 62,000 gun dealers in the U.S. in 2018 were regulated by laws written in the 1960s.
Only 42 percent of dealers are inspected by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in any five-year period.
99 percent of Americans Live Within 10 Miles of a Gun Dealer