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Biden on Prosecuting Current Gun Laws: “We don’t have the time”

‘We don’t have the time?’

But we have the time to act (ACT NOW!) on laws that are clearly more polit­i­cally than they are actu­ally going to do any­thing to solve the problem.

Jim Baker, the NRA rep­re­sen­ta­tive present at the meet­ing, recalled the vice president’s words dur­ing an inter­view with The Daily Caller: “And to your point, Mr. Baker, regard­ing the lack of pros­e­cu­tions on lying on Form 4473s, we sim­ply don’t have the time or man­power to pros­e­cute every­body who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a ques­tion inaccurately.”

Sub­mit­ting false infor­ma­tion on an ATF Form 4473 — required for the nec­es­sary back­ground check to obtain a firearm — is a felony pun­ish­able by up to ten years in prison, depend­ing on prior con­vic­tions and a judge’s dis­cre­tion, accord­ing to the Bureau of Alco­hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Baker, the NRA’s direc­tor of fed­eral affairs, told TheDC that he was given five min­utes to present the NRA’s con­cerns and the approach the group saw as being the most effec­tive to pre­vent another mas­sacre like the New­town, Conn. shoot­ing. Dur­ing those five min­utes, he said, he men­tioned the need to pros­e­cute exist­ing gun laws.

He pointed to the low num­ber of pros­e­cu­tions for infor­ma­tion fal­si­fi­ca­tion and the rel­a­tively low felony pros­e­cu­tion rate for gun crimes.

Biden was appar­ently unmoved by Baker’s concern.

In 2010, pros­e­cu­tors con­sid­ered just 22 cases of infor­ma­tion fal­si­fi­ca­tion, accord­ing to a 2012 report to the Depart­ment of Jus­tice by the Regional Jus­tice Infor­ma­tion Ser­vice. Forty addi­tional background-check cases ended up before pros­e­cu­tors for rea­sons related to unlaw­ful gun possession.

In all, pros­e­cu­tors pur­sued just 44 of those 62 cases. More than 72,600 appli­ca­tions were denied on the basis of a back­ground check.

The Caller goes on to report that fed­eral gun pros­e­cu­tions are down 35 per­cent in 2011 when com­pared to 2004.  What we have in Wash­ing­ton, is an admin­is­tra­tion com­pletely uncom­mit­ted to enforc­ing the laws already on the books, while at the same time, using a national tragedy to get their polit­i­cal agenda items passed.

You can pass all the laws you want until you’re blue in the face, but if you have an exec­u­tive branch unwill­ing to enforce them, you’re only writ­ing on pieces of paper…wasting everyone’s time in the process.

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