The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is tasked with regulating the firearms industry. However, some believe they are trying to destroy the industry. ATF inspectors perform audits on gun shops, checking their paperwork and transactions for errors. They used a certain percentage rule that if the dealer’s paperwork contained errors, they would take minor corrective action. If more than that percentage of the transactions contain errors, actions could be more severe. But things have changed since the current administration declared war on gun dealers.
Today, even minor clerical errors are viewed as “willful” violations of ATF rules, which could put a dealer’s Federal Firearm License (FFL) in jeopardy. This change in the attitude of the ATF means that gun dealers are now forced to walk a tight rope and make sure that their paperwork is as perfect as possible. It’s an added burden for small business owners who are already facing tough competition from online retailers and minuscule profit margins.
The current administration has made it clear that it wants to crack down on gun dealers, labeling them as “rogue” operators responsible for selling firearms to criminals. This rhetoric, combined with the ATF’s newfound aggression, has created a hostile environment for gun shops. The agency is now on the hunt for any violation, no matter how small, to revoke licenses and close down shops. This threat is causing many gun dealers to fear for their livelihoods. To add fuel to the fire there are private groups out there going after the guns shops and the ATF for not doing more.
The war on gun shops is not just an attack on small businesses, but it’s also an attack on the Second Amendment. The current administration’s goal is to make it as difficult as possible for law-abiding citizens to exercise their right to bear arms. By making it hard for gun dealers to operate, they are also making it harder for citizens to purchase firearms. This is a dangerous suppression of our constitutional rights, and it’s something that we all need to fight against.
The ATF’s new aggression is a real threat to the firearms industry, and it’s causing many gun dealers to fear for their livelihoods. By labeling them as “rogue” operators and revoking their licenses for minor clerical errors, the ATF is making it difficult for small businesses to survive. The current administration’s war on gun shops is not just an attack on small businesses, but it’s also an attack on the Second Amendment. We must fight against this suppression of our constitutional rights and protect the livelihoods of small business owners who make a living by selling firearms.