It seems the ATF can’t enforce the rules already on the books. They can’t inspect all the firearms dealers, having only inspected 58% of the firearms dealers in the last five years.
Inspections of firearms dealers by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are meant to ensure, among other things, that they keep complete sales records so guns used in crimes are traceable, and that they don’t sell their wares to those forbidden to buy them.
However, those inspections are few and far between.
According to a 2013 Office of the Inspector General report, only about 58 percent of firearms dealers were inspected within five years.
ATF officials declined to provide a more recent comparable figure, but in 2016, ATF inspected just 7.1 percent of 137,464 active firearms dealers for compliance. At that rate, it would take the agency 14 years to inspect all firearms dealers – likely longer, as the number of dealers has been steadily increasing.