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November 6, 2019

Thousands Lie To Try And Buy A Gun; Few In North Texas Ever Punished
By Brian New

According to a federal government audit, in 2017 more than 112,090 gun applications were denied of which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) referred 12,710 to its field divisions for further investigation. However, only 12 of those cases nationwide were ever prosecuted. According to an I-Team analysis using court records collected by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), in the Northern District of Texas one case of providing a false statement to acquire a firearm was prosecuted in 2017 and four cases in 2018. The ATF said it does not have the resources to investigate every denied application.

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