From: The Honorable Mike Quigley
Sent By:
Brooke.Stuedell@mail.house.gov

Date: 9/22/2016

Urge the ATF Director to Update the “Following the Gun” Report

Deadline: Friday, September 23, 2016

Current Cosigners (9): Reps. Holmes Norton, Clark, Swalwell, Langevin, Farr, Van Hollen, Beyer, Serrano, and DeSaulnier
Dear Colleague,
We invite you to join us in signing the letter below to the ATF Director urging him to update the “Following the Gun” report. Last published in 2000, this report helped law enforcement develop the most effective possible enforcement strategies and helped
target suppliers and others in the chain of illegal firearm transfers.
Arguably, this was the ATF’s most in-depth report on where and how criminals obtain their firearms, yet the report hasn’t been updated in almost two decades. Given the grave state of affairs we currently find ourselves in, an updated report is more necessary
than ever.
Please contact Brooke Stuedell,
brooke.stuedell@mail.house.gov
, in Rep. Quigley’s office to sign on or if you have any questions.
Sincerely,
Mike Quigley
Member of Congress
Mike Thompson
Member of Congress
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September XX, 2016
Thomas E. Brandon
Director
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
99 New York Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20226
Dear Mr. Brandon,
Gun violence is one of the most pressing crises facing our nation. Every day, 30 people are killed and 150 people are injured as a result of gun violence.  These crimes are perpetrated, in many cases, by individuals who manipulate the system in order to
obtain a firearm through theft, straw purchases, corrupt Federal firearms licensees, or other nefarious means.
In 2000, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) published a report titled “Following the Gun,” which examined where and how criminals obtain their firearms. At the time, this influential report shed light on the state of gun violence
in this country, but this information is now almost two decades old. In the absence of new data, Congressional offices and research organizations continue to regularly cite possibly outdated statistics from the report such as that in their speeches and websites.
Therefore, we request that the ATF publish an updated report in light of recent mass shootings that have unfortunately become more and more commonplace. It is our duty to do everything we can to ensure that our loved ones and neighbors are not the next victims
of gun violence.
In his foreword of the “Following the Gun” report, then-ATF Director Bradley Buckles noted that “the case analysis presented here will help us develop the most effective possible enforcement strategies. This report demonstrates the effectiveness of State
and local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors joining ATF in ‘following the crime gun’ to the gun’s illegal supplier, and targeting that supplier and others in the chain of illegal transfers.”  These words were true in 2000, but they are even more accurate
truer and urgent today.
Gun violence is largely preventable if the right measures are taken. Weeding out bad actors within the firearm supply chain is imperative to maintaining the safety of our children and communities. One crucial way to ensure that weak points in the chain
are identified and eliminated is crime gun tracing. Tracing allows law enforcement to pinpoint where a firearm originated, when it was sold and by whom, if the firearm was stolen, and other useful information that can be used to prosecute gun violence perpetrators
in court.
We recognize that this report was compiled over the span of 18 months and required tremendous manpower as well as close law enforcement collaboration, but given the grave state of affairs we currently find ourselves in, an updated report is more necessary
than ever.  We thank you for taking the time to consider our request to provide valuable information that will potentially save the lives of several Americans and assist in keeping our communities safer for all.
Sincerely,
Mike Quigley
Member of Congress
Mike Thompson
Member of Congress