considering that the inspections are unannounced and quite random.
Care to venture a guess as to how closely building supplies are monitored by building inspectors?
Care to venture a guess regarding how the instant check database is used to verify the integrity of dealer reports?
Someone was really scraping the barrel for "news".
WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal agency that checks compliance with gun laws inspects only about 4.5 percent of the nation's federally licensed gun dealers each year, far below the agency's own goals, according to a Justice Department review released Monday.
At that rate, it would take the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 22 years to inspect all 104,000 federally licensed gun dealers, according to the review by Glenn A. Fine, the Justice Department inspector general. ATF's goal is to check each dealer once every three years.
Gun dealers are supposed to be able to account for all firearms they have bought and sold and to report to the government all sales of multiple weapons as well as all thefts of firearms. The inspections are intended to ensure dealers comply with these and other rules.
The Justice Department review also found that ATF often relies solely on a telephone call to check applications of the nearly 8,000 new firearms businesses each year and that the ATF does not adequately use crime data to target businesses for inspection that may show indications of illegal gun trafficking.
ATF also rarely revoked federal firearms licenses - only 54 such revocations occurred in 2002 out of some 1,800 inspections - and it often takes more than a year for the agency to successfully revoke a license.