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Tracing the Gun

Thanks to the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act, no federal agency can legally create a gun registry, meaning the U.S. government can’t use searchable digital records to trace gun ownership even if a gun is used to commit a crime. As such, the ATF conducts traces using phone calls and paper records, often searching through them one at a time.

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Tracing The Gun: The Archaic Way The U.S. Tracks Gun Ownership