The Corner

NRA: Holder Said He Lacked Resources to Prosecute Most of Those Who Tried to Buy a Gun Illegally

From my piece this afternoon:

[NRA director of federal affairs Jim] Baker, [NRA president David] Keene says, told Biden that in 2009, “77,000 people tried to get through the NICS system to illegally buy a firearm. That is a crime, and only 70 of them have been prosecuted.”

But there wasn’t interest in changing the prosecution rates.

“And the attorney general [Eric Holder] interrupted and said, ‘We don’t have the time or the resources to be going after these people,’” Keene recounts. But there are apparently resources, Keene remarks, “to go after innocent gun owners.”

Holder’s office did not respond to a request to confirm or deny the incident.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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