I see a meme running around that a federal gun registry, in Holder's opinion, would have prevented F+F.
Since F+F depended on ATF breaching existing law, why would a registry have changed the outcome? Made the task more coplicated, perhaps, but if felonies don't deter ATF and DOJ agents, what is a little finagling with a registry going to do?
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