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ATF Abandons Address Checks For Gun Show Buyers

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ATF Abandons Address Checks for Gun Show Buyers

Last Update:7/2/2007 10:30:09 PM
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The Justice Department says the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives no longer routinely checks addresses of some buyers at gun shows after being accused of chilling sales at one show in Virginia two years ago.

A 56-page report by the Justice Department's inspector general said the checks were part of
ATF gun show investigations that appear to have been warranted.

The so-called blanket residency checks sought to verify addresses for gun show buyers living in certain targeted areas. They were conducted mostly by agents from the agency's Washington
field office.

The ATF abandoned the checks five months after dealers at an August 2005 gun show in Richmond, Virginia, said sales plummeted
from buyers being intimidated by police showing up at their homes.

Associated Press
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