Illegal Gun Trafficking


"When 12 children are dying every day in America because of gunviolence, we can't wait for congressional action. That's why I'm takingthe actions that I have announced today. Working together, we've broughtcrime down for seven straight years. We can keep going until America isthe safest big country in the world."

President Bill Clinton
Friday, February 4, 2000

Today, at the White House, President Clinton, joined by Treasury SecretaryLawrence Summers, released a new report from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobaccoand Firearms offering the most comprehensive overview ever of the firearmsindustry. The President announced landmark regulatory actions that ATFwill take to bolster enforcement efforts and focus on problem dealers toprevent firearms from getting into the hands of criminals. The Presidentalso announced executive actions to help crack down on problem dealers andhalt illegal firearms trafficking.

GROUNDBREAKING REPORT ON THE FIREARMS INDUSTRY. The Presidentannounced the release of the first annual report on Commerce in Firearmsin the United States. The report provides never-before-released data onthe gun industry and ATF's enforcement of the nation's firearms laws.Some of the report's key findings include:

TAKING EXECUTIVE ACTION TO HALT ILLEGAL GUN TRAFFICKING. ThePresident announced new ATF enforcement actions to prevent guns fromentering the illegal firearms market, including:

WORKING TO REDUCE GUN CRIME. The President highlighted additionalproposals to keep guns out of the wrong hands, including:

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