The Dept. of Justice announced this week the formation of “firearms trafficking strike forces” to help combat violent crime in major U.S. cities.
The five units will focus on “illegal gun trafficking in significant firearms trafficking corridors” to stem the flow of firearms into New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C.
Designated U.S. Attorneys will lead the teams in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), state and local law enforcement agencies.
“Working with our local partners to tackle violent crime is one of the Justice Department’s most important responsibilities,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica.
“Today, the department is taking another concrete step to address violent crime and illegal firearms trafficking,” he continued. “Our firearms trafficking strike forces will investigate and disrupt the networks that channel crime guns into our communities with tragic consequences. This effort reflects our shared commitment to keep communities safe.”
Well I guess that sounds OK plus it is a "Strike Force" and that sounds cool, right?
OK, so maybe not cool and headed up by the winner of the lifetime achievement award for "Most Punchable Face Ever" but no one wants gun trafficking, right? Of course there is a catch:
In Biden’s speech Wednesday, he will announce a “zero tolerance” policy that gives no leeway to gun dealers who fail to comply with federal law — their license to sell will be revoked on the first offense.
As an FFL I can tell you there are about a billion little ways to "fail to comply with federal law" and now any one of them means your license is going to be revoked. Virtually all of us try to comply but the rules are so vague and Byzantine that it is hard to know if you are really in compliance or not. Instead of getting corrected by the ATF and given a chance to fix your shit, you just lose your license to sell firearms. Imagine if we did the same thing with violent criminals since most of the mass shooters seem to be guys who already have a litany of violent crimes on the books. One and done, jail forever. That might actually lower violent crime rates.
Will this stop violent criminals in Chicago and Baltimore from shooting each other? Of course not and it isn't intended to do so. But it will have the potential of running a lot of FFLs out of business and that means it will be harder for regular people to purchase firearms.
This isn't really about reducing violent crime, it is just another tactic in the bigger strategy of bleeding the firearms business to death by a thousand little cuts.