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Guns Found Here (2018)

When there's a gun crime in America, there's only one place to go to trace the gun back to its owner: Martinsburg, West Virginia. That's where the ATF's National Tracing Center handles ... See full summary »

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David Freid
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When there's a gun crime in America, there's only one place to go to trace the gun back to its owner: Martinsburg, West Virginia. That's where the ATF's National Tracing Center handles roughly 8,000 active traces per day - all while inside a government-mandated technology time-capsule that makes searching a database of gun owners impossible. This is nothing like those cop shows you watch. With more gun stores in the U.S.A. than McDonalds, Starbucks, and supermarkets combined, there's a lot of paperwork to manually sort through. And it's truly a sight to behold. Written by Emmy Gyori

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An American paper trail.

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Quirkumentary style very much at odds with its message and content
2 June 2019 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I do enjoy a good quirkumentary - the type of documentary that takes a subject perhaps of marginal interest, but finds the endearingly weird characters and the general oddity of it all, and makes the film engage off the back of that. This is the type of approach that Guns Found Here seems to be going for, as it engages with a few unusual characters, has a quirky soundtrack, and doesn't do much to break the light mood. The topic of inadequate gun regulation is a very odd topic to do this with though, and it is not an approach that particularly fits this serious topic.

Maybe the angle was to make it lighter and easier to engage with? Or maybe to highlight the inherent comedy of the successful efforts to make gun searches much, much harder than they needed to be Maybe if you did not know about this situation then it would work better, but as it is it fell flat for me, with an odd tone and the content sort of stuck behind it.


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13 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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