How the A.T.F., Key to Biden’s Gun Plan, Became an N.R.A. ‘Whipping Boy’

The federal agency tasked with enforcing gun laws has been hamstrung for years by the firearms lobby. Now, the president’s plan to rein in gun violence hinges on the A.T.F.’s success.,

Edward Stely walks through an outdoor container filled with thousands of paper gun records which are part of the National Tracing Center at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Martinsburg, W.V.
Edward Stely walks through an outdoor container filled with thousands of paper gun records which are part of the National Tracing Center at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Martinsburg, W.V.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

How the A.T.F., Key to Biden’s Gun Plan, Became an N.R.A. ‘Whipping Boy’

The federal agency tasked with enforcing gun laws has been hamstrung for years by the firearms lobby. Now, the president’s plan to rein in gun violence hinges on the A.T.F.’s success.

Edward Stely walks through an outdoor container filled with thousands of paper gun records which are part of the National Tracing Center at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Martinsburg, W.V.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

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