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Air Marshal director stepping down amid agency gun scheme probe
Fox News ^ | April 11, 2014 | Jana Winter

Posted on 04/11/2014 6:42:13 AM PDT by libstripper

EXCLUSIVE: The director of the Federal Air Marshal Service is retiring after being investigated for his role in an alleged operation to acquire guns for officials' personal use, FoxNews.com has learned.

Director Robert Bray's home was raided in December in connection with the ongoing probe. Law enforcement and congressional sources told FoxNews.com that Bray's recently announced retirement, which is effective in June, is directly related to the investigation.

Bray allegedly is among several officials who were obtaining weapons through this operation.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; crime; gunrunning; tsa
FTA:

One document obtained by FoxNews.com said the director and former deputy director "received several firearms from [the supervisor] that included 'special purchases' such as long guns and assault rifles."

If the transfers included "assault rifles," it's a pretty good bet that those were real, fully automatic, assault rifles. Of course, all of the transferees surely had completely valid Class III licenses for those weapons. (sarc. off)

1 posted on 04/11/2014 6:42:13 AM PDT by libstripper
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'special purchases' such as long guns and assault rifles

Just what an "Air Marshal" needs to tuck under his coat and blend in with the passengers.

2 posted on 04/11/2014 6:55:58 AM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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Special rules for special people.


3 posted on 04/11/2014 7:08:34 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: libstripper
He is accused of using the agency's federal firearms license and his relationship with gun manufacturer Sig Sauer to obtain discounted and free guns. He then provided them to high-up agency officials for their personal use,

He shoulda faked being a Mexican drug lord and had the US gov. provide the guns like everyone else.
Coulda gotten full autos too.

4 posted on 04/11/2014 7:09:18 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: libstripper
" Guns for me but not for thee"
5 posted on 04/11/2014 7:15:54 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Vinnie
The chances are he did get some full autos, FTA:

One document obtained by FoxNews.com said the director and former deputy director "received several firearms from [the supervisor] that included 'special purchases' such as long guns and assault rifles."

6 posted on 04/11/2014 7:21:25 AM PDT by libstripper
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Transportation Security Administrator head John Pistole

?? Chances of winning the lottery are higher than that coincidence.

7 posted on 04/11/2014 7:41:49 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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He is accused of using the agency's federal firearms license and his relationship with gun manufacturer Sig Sauer to obtain discounted and free guns.

If I called a manufacturer with whom I have been working with for a few years and told them I am interested in my thousand employees using one of their specific products, they would probably send some free samples. This is a law enforcement officer with a FFL, I'm wonder where this axe to grind is coming from cough---cough--Zippy/Holder---cough.

8 posted on 04/11/2014 7:55:55 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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Yep! I’m in agreement with you.


9 posted on 04/11/2014 8:48:06 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: BerryDingle
I have to agree too. Firearms industry has promotional guns for civilians and LEOs ready to ship all the time, just like snow ski manufacturers and any other sporting goods.

Almost all of that stuff makes it into private possession sports writers and professional athletes and regional corporate sales guys. I bet there isn't a police department in this country where the chief hasn't got a few 'free' guns tucked away as personal property.

Ah, but he used the agency's FFL, and that's a crime isn't it?! Okay:

As far as 'using the agency's Federal Firearms License (FFL) to obtain [discounts]', well, so? Walk into any gun store that you do regular business with and they will probably GIVE you a signed copy of their own FFL to use for that, because all that means is that you're asking for proof of ATF licensure so that you can have firearms shipped to the FFL holder from the manufacturer. The guns still have to go to the FFL's address and the NICS background check satisfied. There's nothing conspiratorial going on at all.

This story only sounds like some big deal, but I suspect that it's important to wait and see what's really going on. In my state, the gun manufacturer might be only too happy to sell a discounted merchandise right there in a WalMart parking lot in broad daylight to a Federal Air Marshal Chief (with or without seeing some agency FFL) as long as he passed NICS and wasn't a prohibited person -- which he wouldn't be because he's a Federal Air Marshal. Hey, maybe they'll get a free plug in 'Air Marshal Magazine', for crying out loud.

Okay, but it was malfeasance because a public official was doing it, some might say. That's why he's stepping down from his position. Oh, boy. Well, you have him there.

10 posted on 04/11/2014 10:54:25 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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What about using the agency’s FFL to obtain “long guns and assaullt rifles”? If the writer knows what she’s writing about, “assault rifles” means full auto weapons, weapons that, if made after 1986, are emtirely illegal for private citizens to own.


11 posted on 04/11/2014 11:29:30 AM PDT by libstripper
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I'd anticipate that they weren't NFA (machine guns) because those cannot be transferred by a simple Title 1 FFL, but on a Form 3 to a licensed NFA dealer from the manufacturer.

I don't know the facts of this case, but this sounds like garden variety semi-automatic long guns they're talking about.

12 posted on 04/11/2014 5:40:05 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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