The Hidden Life of Guns

Gun dealer licenses revoked and denied

The ATF takes away dealers' licenses on average about 110 times a year. The process often follows years of warnings from inspectors about repeat violations and if the action is contested it can lead to months or even years of appeals. Below are more than 800 licensees nationwide whose permits were revoked or denied by the agency.

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Disposition date: Reflects the last time the dealer record was updated in the ATF computer system. The date may be when the case revocation was finally effective or in some instances may reflect a later administrative update of the computer record. Records include formerly licensed dealers whose cases were listed as disposed since 2005. Records indicate, however, that some of these enforcement actions were first initiated in 2003.

Status: In most cases, the final status is revoked or denied. In a few the matters were classified in computer records as Out of Business, which is self-explanatory.

SOURCE: Data provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The Washington Post - Dec. 14, 2010.

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