The Violence Policy Center has issued a press release applauding this "most important—and little noticed—victories..."
From the Battle Creek Enquirer:
The number of gun dealers in America has dropped by 194,998 since 1994 according to a new study released today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC). The study (see http://www.vpc.org/studies/dealers07.pdf) found that the number of Type 1 Federal Firearms Licenses (FFLs) plummeted 79 percent: from 245,628 in 1994 to 50,630 in 2007. (The Type 1 FFL is the basic federal license required to sell guns in America.)The press release goes on to further daemonize the "illegitimate "kitchen-table" dealers who operated out of their homes or offices..." and praise Clinton for his policies that have lead to this drastic decline in FFL's.
California posted the largest decrease in the number of gun dealers, dropping from 20,148 in 1994 to 2,120 in 2007—a decrease of 89 percent. Additional states that had declines of 80 percent or more during the period were: Hawaii (-88%); Massachusetts (-88%); Connecticut (-87%); Florida (-87%); Maryland (-85%); Washington (-85%); Rhode Island (-84%); Louisiana (-82%); New Jersey (-82%); Georgia (-81%), New York (-81%); Virginia (-81%); Illinois (-80%); and, Michigan (-80%).
We pay attention to the legislative attempts to further restrict freedoms. We celebrate victories such as the various "Castle Doctrine" bills that have been passed, and the increasing number of states that have passed "Shall Issue" laws. While we focus on the legislative side of things, the bureaucrats and the JBT's of the ATF silently go about their trade of strong arming FFL's and putting them out of business. Heck, even OSHA has attempted to get in the act of restricting our access to ammunition.
The VPC recognises the achievements of the ATF, and even though most of the following statement is a flat out lie, less FFL's mean less avenues for a free citizen to acquire a firearm.
VPC Policy Analyst Marty Langley states, "The sharp drop in gun dealers is one of the most important—and little noticed—victories in the effort to reduce firearms violence in America. Fewer gun dealers reduces the potential number of sources for high-volume illegal gun trafficking.Well Marty, it may be a bit late in the game, but we have started to notice.
Folks, support your local firearms dealer.
If you have not done so, it may be a good time to read John Ross's book, Unintended Consequences