In a sweeping investigation, The Trace and USA TODAY found that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives bends over backward to go easy on wayward gun dealers, sometimes allowing weapons to flow into the hands of criminals.
The number of gun dealers, manufacturers, and importers in the U.S.
The share of gun dealers with violations whose licenses were revoked from 2010 to 2019.
The number of investigators employed by the ATF to inspect the nation's gun dealers.
The ATF Catches Thousands of Lawbreaking Gun Dealers Every Year. It Shuts Down Very Few.
In a sweeping investigation, The Trace and USA TODAY found the federal agency charged with policing the gun industry let dealers get away with falsifying records and selling firearms without background checks.