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Everytown for Gun Safety
November 2015

Business as Usual: How High-Volume Gun Sellers Fuel the Criminal Market and How the President Can Stop Them

An analysis of prosecution data obtained from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) revealed that the prosecution rate for selling guns without a license is notably low when compared to prosecution rates for drug trafficking and for other firearm crimes. In order to compare the disposition of federal prosecutions for “engaging in the business” to other criminal statutes, Everytown also obtained data on federal prosecutions from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). Established in 1989, TRAC is a data research and distribution organization at Syracuse University that provides information on the enforcement, budgetary, and staffing activities of the federal government, which they have obtained through Freedom Of Information Act requests.14 While useful, data held by TRAC are limited by the fact that prosecutions are categorized by lead charge only,15 and do not capture prosecutions in which “engaging in the business” was not the lead charge. Their data is also organized according to the fiscal year of the prosecutorial eventso are not directly comparable to Everytown’s analysis of cases in the 2011-12 calendar years.

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