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Report: 58% of gun shops go unchecked

ALBANY --  A report by the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General showed 58% of gun shops were not properly checked to see if they are complying with federal laws.

The report states over a five year period, from 2007-2012, more than 58% of the federal licensed gun dealers had not been checked by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the federal agency tasked with doing the job. The agency's process was "infrequent and inconsistent" the report said.

"We have gun dealers that we know not doing the records we know because they haven't done the records," said Pam Dudoff, Chapter Leader of the One Million Moms For Gun Control. "We have hundreds of thousands of guns missing."

In a written response to the OIG claims, officials with the ATF cite a lack of resources for getting the job done.

David Petronis, owner of Hudson River Trading Company in Mechanicville, said Thursday the last time ATF officials checked his books was "four of five years ago". However, just because there aren't as many checks does not mean all gun shops are breaking the law, Petronis said.

"Every FFL dealer has to conform to all the rules and regulations the ATF puts out on the off chance they knock on your door in the morning." Petronis said. 

There is no requirement for how many times ATF checks are done, the report stated. Officials with the agency set a goal for themselves to do checks, of all the licensed dealers, in a three year period, the report said.

 
 
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