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ATF's Gun Tracing System Is A Dud
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ANewNickname
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3/14/2013 | 11:10:14 PM
re: ATF's Gun Tracing System Is A Dud
The reason "The influential National Rifle Association gets fidgety at the mere mention of a centralized firearms database" is (justified, IMHO) fear that a central registry would facilitate widespread gun confiscation. I'm not an expert, but I see no reason such a database couldn't be constructed to allow rapid tracing of an individual firearm's history while maintaining anonymity of the owner(s) via an encryption scheme that would allow decoding of ownership information only via a court-ordered search warrant. That would ease (although not completely eliminate) most such fears.
John Foley
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3/14/2013 | 6:39:33 PM
re: ATF's Gun Tracing System Is A Dud
ATF's gun tracing capabilities are a function of several factors -- policy, process, technology, funding, willingness to participate. I'm not suggesting that ATF operate outside the law or that the law be changed. Rather, my point is that newer technologies are available that could be used to deliver better/faster results within the law. Technology shouldn't be the point of failure in this important initiative, regardless of where you stand on the policy question.
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3/14/2013 | 5:58:27 PM
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"If you're wondering why the ATF doesn't replace its kludge of a system with a state-of-the-art database management system that could locate documents in minutes instead of days, it's because there are laws against it. The agency is restricted by the Firearms Owners Protection Act from creating a national database of gun registrations, sales or owners." - Basically you're saying the reason the ATF isn't creating this modern data base is because it is against the law. If it is against the law, they SHOULDN'T be creating one. If you don't like it, try and change the law.
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3/14/2013 | 5:03:12 PM
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This is part of the equation. Two factors are not mentioned. First, there's legislation prohibiting creating a national firearms registry, so being able to retrieve this data quickly without creating a de facto registry will be a challenge. Second, The only records available at the ATF are from retired or out of business Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) records. If the firearm was purchase or transferred through an active FFL the request has to go to that FFL and retrieved from the FFL's paper or computerized records.
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3/14/2013 | 3:45:19 PM
re: ATF's Gun Tracing System Is A Dud
The joy is each one of us can look at a list of projects and assign differing priorities according to our experience. I might say for instance, how can archiving email in a currently functional email system or moving it to the cloud trump antiquated gun control given the ever increasing cases. Another challenge is exemplified in states like Kansas which is proposing legislation to shield it from federal gun control legislation it deems illegal. One clause for example eliminates weapons produced and maintained in Kansas from entering the federal tracing system. Do we seriously believe some of those weapons would not make their way to Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska or Aurora Colorado?
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