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Biden Sets Off Firestorm with New Gun Regulations

The Biden administration’s crackdown on gun dealers has sparked anger and controversy among some in the gun industry. According to Wall Street Journal, 122 gun dealers had their licenses revoked by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives during the last fiscal year which is more than double the amount seen during both the Trump and Obama presidencies. The revocation of these licenses has resulted in hundreds of gun dealers losing their jobs due to decreased profits or complete closure.

Many believe that this action could be politically motivated as part of President Biden’s agenda to combat gun violence. Anthony Navarro, a former gun dealer who lost his license last year after receiving three warnings for legal violations since 2009, believes he was unfairly targeted.

“We were making $1 million a year, now it’s less than $100,000,” he said. “This policy is designed to be a backdoor violation of the Second Amendment.” Others have argued that this move could damage an important working relationship between gun dealers and law enforcement agencies as they are often a source of critical enforcement information that helps identify straw purchasers and disrupt firearms trafficking schemes. Peter Forcelli, a retired deputy assistant director commented: “The gun dealers were our first line of defense against gun trafficking…Why are we now beating an ally into submission?”

In response to these concerns, ATF spokesperson Kristina Mastropasqua released a statement saying: “Federal Firearms Licensees are often our first line of defense against gun crime…FFLs that willfully violate the law however must be held accountable…ATF conducts inspections to ensure compliance with applicable local state and federal laws and regulations…” The White House did not respond to requests for comment from Fox News Digital about the situation.

It appears clear that there is much disagreement over how far authorities should go in terms of cracking down on alleged violations committed by licensed firearm owners/sellers.

However, there are those who argue that any willful violation must be punished but on the other hand, many worry about potential unfair targeting due to political reasons or damaging working relationships between firearm sellers/law enforcement agencies which would make it harder for them to keep guns out of criminal hands.

It remains unclear what exactly will happen next but it appears likely that this issue will continue to be hotly debated going forward.

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