There was a time when police weren’t interested in where a criminal’s gun came from as long as the lawbreaker was in custody. Today the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms conducts thousands of traces on guns for state and local law enforcement, with the aim of gathering information about how legally bought weapons wind up in the hands of people who commit crimes. A panel talks about the ATF’s impact on gun dealers, gun owners, and gun violence.


  • Garen Wintemute Director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California-Davis
  • Wally Nelson Deputy assistant director for Firearms, Explosives, and Arson at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
  • Sandy Abrams Vice president of the Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association, and member, National Rifle Association board of directors


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