The PJ Tatler

Biggest Gun Ban States = Lowest Prosecutions for Federal Gun Law Violations

First, a little background: The Syracuse Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, compiles reports on Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) referrals for prosecution of federal gun laws. Some of the most common violations are from US Code Title 18, Chapter 44, Sections 922 and 924. Examples:

  • Unlawful shipment, transfer, receipt, or possession by a felon [922 (g)1].
  • False/Fictitious statements in order to acquire a firearm/ammunition [922 (a)6].
  • Use/carry of firearm during crime of violence/drug trafficking offense [924 (c)].

I examined a curious trend in my book “Four Years of Gun Control.” The Clinton administration pushed to ban firearms that looked like military rifles, pretending to be interested in making America safer. But ATF referrals for prosecution of federal gun law violations declined under Clinton. Under Bush/Ashcroft, ATF referrals increased 67%. They also increased 77% under Clinton’s predecessor, George HW Bush, proving that there always were criminals out there deserving prosecution.

Under the Obama administration, ATF referrals have remained the lowest since 2001.

Now US News reports:

The districts that contain Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City ranked last in terms of federal gun law enforcement in 2012, according to a new report from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which tracks federal data.


(The ATF may refer evidence to federal prosecutors, but attorneys may decide to not prosecute. Nevertheless, both referrals and prosecutions indicate the justice system’s willingness to punish criminals.)

Chicago: Home of gun hater Rahm Emanuel, who wants his black constituents not only disarmed, but stupid, too. Home of our Chief Executive Gun Banner, Barrack Obama. Largest city in the only state still banning concealed carry…for law-abiding citizens (Chicago thugs carry concealed all the time).

Los Angeles: Largest city in a state that’s the perennial winner of the Brady Campaign’s “best and safest” state because of all their gun control laws.

New York City: Home of gun banner billionaire and Chief Executive “Government Has the Right to Infringe on Your Rights” Michael Bloomberg. Largest city in a state where Governor Andrew Cuomo rammed through draconian gun control laws before he realized they turned cops, not just law-abiding private citizens, into criminals.

Now we find out these sound-bite personalities, who profess to care about our safety, curiously live where they’re least likely to prosecute the most violent criminals. These are the same people who castigated the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre for stating that we need to do a better job enforcing existing gun laws.


With data this consistent, the only reasonable conclusion is that just like “gun-free” schools create free-fire zones for mass murderers, gun control creates criminal-enablement zones. After government disarmament, these same thugs, already proven to be violent, will have a much easier time terrorizing you.

It’s time to shift the dialogue.

  • Gun control isn’t about safety.
  • Gun banners only care about obtaining power to tell you how to live.
  • They use the most violent among us to promoted their agenda.

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