The problem is that the legal system did not allow it. The whole thing was idiotic.
So where did all the gun running money go?
And gosh letting thousands of guns across the border so that you can then point to it and say; "There are thousands of guns going across the border! We need to fix this!" does fall in line with some other craziness various governments have tried over the years.
Proxima est Mors, Malum Nullum adhibit Misericordiam