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The Daily BeastJul 06, 2022
Why It Took Grit—and Luck—to Trace the Parade Massacre Gun to Robert ‘Bobby' Crimo
Jim Vondruska/GettyIn this age of databases, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives should have needed nothing more than the serial number to immediately identify who purchased the AR-15 style rifle used to murder seven people and wound 60 more after the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

But just as a skewed interpretation of the Second Amendment makes obtaining such weapons much too easy, those who fear the government is going to grab their guns have codified their paranoia into federal law and made tracing far too difficult.

The owner of the murder weapon in Highland Park might have kept going about for hours with a second rifle were it not for ATF agents who met statutory impediments with determination.

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