Justice Department Withheld Recommendations on Curtailing Gun Violence Until After November Election

Steve Neavling

The Justice Department compiled a list of ideas to reduce gun violence but it was postponed until after last month’s elections, the Washington Post reports, citing anonymous sources familiar with the efforts.

In March 2011, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. asked officials to draw up a list of recommendations to reduce gun violence following the shooting of then-Rep Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., the Post wrote.

Holder’s office worked with ATF, local police gun-control advocates, firearm dealers and experts on the FBI’s Instant Criminal Background Check System, according to the Post.

The recommendations, which need legislative approval, however, were shelved until after the election, sources told the Post.

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