USA Today on gun dealer inspections
It is hard to describe the ways in which its article is wrong or misleading.
"The number of gun dealers has increased 16% since 2004..." 16% in nine years ... and before that it fell by, I forget the precise percentage, but something like 50-60% in the decade before that.
"The report found violations of record-keeping rules are up 276% since 2004, but the number of firearms licenses revoked is down 43%." I thought the point was that the law wasn't being sufficiently enforced? It sounds like there are a lot more minor citations, since the article concedes, "Although license revocations are down, the number of other enforcement actions, such as warning letters and suspensions, is almost four times higher."
"Unless inspectors find multiple violations that would require a reinspection, a 1986 federal law bans the agency from making more than one unannounced inspection every year." No, it can also inspect anytime a firearm is "traced" to a dealer.
Which itself is important. As one former Treasury official pointed out to me, while tracing guns to a dealer doesn't prove he was involved in sale to criminals, the fact that no guns have been traced to a dealer makes it very probably that he is not involved in sales to criminals, even unintentionally. If a dealer hasn't even a tiny link to crime (the firearms he sells aren't even stolen and recovered) then there is zero reason to inspect him. Who cares how well he keeps his paperwork?