Gun dealers must report stolen weapons, feds say

Gun dealers must report stolen weapons, feds say
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Gun dealers will soon be required to report lost and stolen firearms to the federal government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on Monday published new rules requiring gun dealers to report firearms that are stolen from their property. The requirements will extend to firearms that go missing in transit to a customer. Such weapons are linked to more than 1,300 crimes each year, according to the ATF.

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Gun dealers must also notify the local authorities in addition to the ATF. They will have two days to report the missing weapons. If a federal firearms licensee later finds the guns, they must once again notify the agency.

The ATF proposed similar rules in 2000 and 2014 but did not put them in place.

The reporting requirements are part of President Obama’s gun control push, which he launched last week with an emotional speech from the White House.

Citing inaction in Congress, Obama announced a series of executive actions on guns, including expanding the definition of gun dealer so that people selling weapons online or at gun shows will also be required to conduct background checks.

The rule on reporting gun thefts, which was also part of Obama's announcement, goes into effect in 30 days.