The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (because, yeah, hey, we need an armed and belligerent bureaucracy looking over our shoulders for three perfectly legal commodities, especially the one that’s constitutionally protected) turns out to be nearly as guilty of hypocrisy as their agency-in-arms, the IRS:
Since the ATF demands 100% compliance out of dealers, it is only natural to look at how their own record keeping compares.
And how do they fare? About as well as you might expect:
“In our survey of IOIs, 46.5 percent (139 of 299) reported that they found a discrepancy between the NFRTR inventory report and a licensee’s inventory ‘always’ or ‘most of the time.’ Further, 44.4 percent of respondents (133 of 299) said that the discrepance was due to an error in the NFRTR ‘always’ or ‘most of the time.’ In comparison no repondents reported that the error was ‘always’ on the part of the licensee, and only 2 percent (6 of 299) reported that the error was on the part of the licensee ‘most of the time'” (see page vii).
They require 100% accuracy, but are incredibly inaccurate themselves. And what do you want to bet that the Bureau gets sanctioned for this? Yeah, thought not.