In a recent USA Today article entitled, “More Than 2000 Disputed Gun Buys Allowed” writes Kevin Johnson, there is a huge tug and pull between two agencies, the FBI and the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) over the definition of fugitive, because fugitives can’t buy guns. But wait, if you have a warrant and it’s outstanding, and have not left the state, aren’t you still considered a fugitive from justice? Yes, but you can buy a gun if you have a warrant; although, the type of warrant is not disclosed. This is the conundrum between these agencies, and until it is resolved prosecution could be sketchy.
Furthermore, the inspector general states, according to Mr. Johnson’s article, “a prospective buyer should not be considered a fugitive from justice if they are attempting to purchase guns in states where the warrants have been issued.” Huh?
No wonder the two agencies, for over eight years, cannot agree on the definition of fugitive, or the phrase, fugitive-from- justice. On one hand, the ATF questions the definition and on the other hand, the FBI “routinely denies attempted transactions when purchase applications are made in the same state where the warrants are issued.” Definitely a big loophole exists and a head scratcher.
Meanwhile, over “2,183 gun transactions between 1999 and 2015 should have been denied” claims the ATF. Moreover, the ATF based on their definition, “did not attempt to recover the firearms.” This rampant miscommunications between major departments of our government eerily reminds us how vulnerable we are as a nation.
Meanwhile, over “2,183 gun transactions between 1999 and 2015 should have been denied” claims the ATF. Moreover, the ATF, based on their definition, “did not attempt to recover the firearms.” This rampant miscommunications between major departments of our government eerily reminds us how vulnerable we are as a nation.
The good news is “the correct definition of ‘fugitive -from-Justice’ is being reviewed by the OLC (Office of Legal Counsel). Can you imagine, these three words are taking over the ATF, the FBI, the OLC and the inspector general, as well as the deputy inspector general? If all goes to plan, the review may be complete in the “next few months” states the principal deputy assistant attorney general. Yup, the principal deputy assistant attorney general, whoever that may be? No wonder nothing gets done in a timely manner! Semantics, Semantics.
So, to put things in perspective, www.businessinsider.com posts these figures: The U.S has the largest number of weapons owned by individuals in the world: 1,112,041. In 2012 there were 16,808,538 applications. That’s amazing. “If they were approved, that would be enough weapons to stock a member of Nato’s armed forces nearly five times over.” Kentucky has the highest application submittals 535.78 per thousand, and Montana has 116.98 per thousand, while the U.S average is 53.94.
In closing, the question is, “what’s all the fluff over 3 words when only 2,183 gun transactions were questioned in a time span of 16 years! The facts and figures don’t add up.
But here’s the real issue; as a last minute update before this blog posts, a writer for CNN Money, Aaron Smith states gun applications in August 2016 were 1,853,815, citing the increase, and clarification of words may be the result of the up-coming presidential elections!
By Sharla Esparza