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ATF Allows Gun Shops to Sell Firearms by Using Curbside Services

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The ATF is permitting gun retailers to continue selling guns and ammunition by offering curbside services, the agency said in an industry letter.

Homeland Security has already deemed gun sales an “essential service,” which allowed firearms businesses to stay open while “nonessential” businesses were forced to close under social-distancing measures.

Gun sales have skyrocketed earlier this year as the coronavirus began sweeping across the globe.

ATF’s letters says retailers with federal firearms licenses can accept payment and verify customer identity by using “a drive-up or a walk-up window or doorway.” According to the letter, gun retailers also can use a table or booth adjacent to the business as long as it’s in a “location where the licensee has the authority to permit ATF’s entry for inspection purposes.”

ATF Reports Alarming Increase in Stolen Firearms from Gun Shops

File photo of guns, via ATF

File photo of guns, via ATF

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF released a disturbing new report that shows national firearm theft and losses in gun shops increased 20% in 2016. 

The report indicates that 18,394 weapons were stolen last year, and a vast majority were pistols, rifles, revolvers and shotguns.

“Losses and thefts of firearms have increased dramatically in terms of the gun stores,” ATF Special Agent Michael Knight told WHNT19 News

He added: “Also, what has increased extremely, at a high rate, is the armed robberies, and this is a violent crime. This means that the public could potentially be at arms length of the criminal element who are focusing on these gun stores.”

Georgia led the nation with 1,539 stolen or missing firearms in 2016. Florida followed with 1,260 and Texas with 1,247.

Hawaii, by contrast, reported just three stolen or missing firearms.

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