CAPT: also note that the ATF is federal ... it can only deal with buyers/sellers of arms....interstate/internation al trade -transportation of arms... classified arms and ammo<quoted text>
I stand corrected for this particular area. I was trying to locate the article from the US paper that was bemoaning the lack of adequate records for the ATF, causing the police weeks to find the source of a particular weapon used in a crime.
Found it! This is from the NY Times of four days ago:
each regulates within its borders [state rights to self rule]