Skip to comments.ATF to Require Information on Frequent Gunbuyers in Border States
Posted on 07/11/2011 2:40:53 PM PDT by stevie_d_64
WASHINGTON -- In an effort to stem the illicit flow of weapons into Mexico, the Justice Department announced Monday that all gun shops in four Southwest border states will be required to alert the federal government to frequent buyers of high-powered rifles.
The new policy comes amid criticism of a failed federal probe aimed at dismantling large-scale arms trafficking networks along the Arizona border with Mexico.
In the probe, called Operation Fast and Furious, several agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives say they were inexplicably ordered by superiors to stop tracking some small-time "straw" buyers who purchased large numbers of weapons apparently destined for drug cartels.
Under the new policy, federal firearms licensees in Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico must report purchases of two or more of some types of rifles by the same person in a five-day span. The requirement applies to purchases of semi-automatic rifles that have detachable magazines and a caliber of greater than .22.
ATF estimates it will generate 18,000 reports a year.
Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the new reporting measure will improve the ATF's ability to disrupt illegal weapons trafficking networks that funnel firearms to criminal organizations.
One of the critics of Operation Fast and Furious called the new policy "the height of hypocrisy."
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Something bad needs to happen to these people. Something very bad.
I know a guy who has bought thousands of guns and sent them South knowingly. His initals are BHO.
What’s DOJ doing? Trying to limit the competition...?
Is that fellow a genuine American?
I’ll tell you who’s buying most of the rifles in those states, bound for Mexico....
B. HUSSEIN OMOSLEM, and ERIC “BLACK PANTHER” HOLDER.
And they’re paying for the rifles by writing checks drawn on the account named “US TREASURY.”
NRA Salesman of the Year 2008-2009...
Under what legal authority can they demand the reports?
What part of the ATF director Melson has whistleblown Obama and Holder and they should be in jail don’t they understand? Yet they try to shovel through their crap. The audacity is desperate and appalling beyond words.
So they want ‘em to report the ATF to the ATF?
Obama and Holder’s and then they will deny they ordered it just like everything else.
ATF; “No problemo.....Just make sure you apply the appropriate taxes.”
Sounds like WE the People need more info on the ATF....
You can’t write fiction that rivals the gall and arrogance of the Obama Administration and it Department of (in)Justice.
How about shutting down Gunrunner.
“small-time “straw” buyers who purchased large numbers of weapons apparently destined for drug cartels.”
Duh, they left out a few details here.
DOJ looking for “frequent gun buyers” is like OJ looking for murderers.
There’s no legal basis for this requirement. None. The reporting requirements for multiple handguns is explicitly spelled out by an act of Congress.
Presumably the NRA will immediately sue Obama in multiple Federal courts on behalf of hundreds of gun dealers in the affected states.
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