Tussen 2016 en 2021, meer as 45,000 firearms suspected of being privately made, including firearms commonly known as “spookgewere,” were recovered by law enforcement from potential crime scenes and reported to the ATF. Byna 20,000 of those firearms were recovered and traced in 2021 alleen.
The administration highlighted the overall ghost guns numbers last month while announcing new regulations on them. In Maart 2021, the FBI reported almost 4.7 million background checks, triggered before the sale of a firearm, the highest number since the bureau began recording.
A CNN-analise showed that homicides broke record highs last year
, fueled by gun violence
, while data previously provided to CNN showed firearm seizures and recoveries by law enforcement in several cities reached near-decade high levels
Gary Restaino, the acting director of the ATF, said in the introduction of the report that it “will help federal, staat, and local law enforcement, aanklaers, beleidmakers, and other stakeholders obtain a better understanding of commerce in firearms and how to best address illegal firearms trafficking.”
The report drew attention to staffing and funding issues that have long plagued the agency, wat dit vermeld “over the past three decades, ATF has not been funded and staffed commensurate with staffing increases received by other DOJ law enforcement agencies.”
Volgens die verslag, in 2019, the ATF had 655 field industry operations investigators responsible for overseeing more than 88,000 active federal firearms license-holders. The report’s authors noted that the number of total ATF employees has increased by 41% sedert 1973, in vergelyking met die 254% increase seen by the Drug Enforcement Agency and a 75% increase by the FBI over the same time period.
The report also recommended greater monitoring of privately made firearms, and efforts to prevent theft by shipping firearms in unmarked packages and looking into the use of Bluetooth tracking of firearm shipments.