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  • NY Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof Points Finger At Senate GOP In Wake Of Explosions, Takes It Back

    04/15/2013 2:34:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 15, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    In the immediate aftermath of the multiple explosions that rocked the Copley Square area of Boston during this afternoon’s marathon, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof took to Twitter to say that the tragic events are a “reminder” of how Senate Republicans blocked the appointment of a new director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). “[E]xplosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment,” he tweeted with a link to a Washington Post article on the Senate GOP’s threats to put a hold on President Obama‘s nomination for a...
  • BREAKING: Documents Confirm Fast and Furious AK-47 Used in Phoenix Gang Assault

    10/16/2014 1:41:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Documents obtained through a lawsuit recently issued against the City of Phoenix by government watchdog Judicial Watch reveal a weapon from the Department of Justice's Operation Fast and Furious was used to injure two people in a 2013 gang-style assault on an apartment complex. When the incident occurred and during investigation afterward, police worked with federal law enforcement agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Department of Homeland Security, FBI and Drug Enforcement Agency in the case, raising suspicions the assault wasn't simply a typical, local gang shootout and prompted questions about the details of where the weapons...
  • Top GOPer says it’s time to dissolve ATF

    09/17/2014 1:34:37 PM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 59 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/17/14 | Stephen Dinan
    A top Republican House member on Wednesday proposed eliminating the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, writing a bill that would freeze all hiring at the troubled agency and require the Justice Department to come up with a plan for transferring its duties to other agencies. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the Wisconsin Republican who wrote the bill, called it both a chance to streamline government and to clean up an agency that’s been criticized from the right and the left for botched gun-running operations.
  • An Open Letter to the United States Congress

    08/11/2014 9:27:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Jay Dobyns
    To the Honorable Members of the Senate and House of Representatives: My name is Jay Dobyns. In January of this year, I retired from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms after twenty-seven years of decorated service. Today is the six-year anniversary of the arson of my home. My wife and two children were inside when the fire was set. They were lucky to escape and survive, although my home and all of our belongings were destroyed by that criminal act. Leading up to that conclusive and somewhat predictable event, my family and I had already endured years and dozens...
  • Petition to Reform the National Firearms Act

    07/14/2014 9:20:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The rifle pictured above is completely legal.  Take off the stock and the barrel, and replace them with the two inch shorter barrel  and the pistol grip, and it is completely legal.   Leave the stock on, and put on the shorter barrel, and you have just committed a Federal felony with a potential five year jail sentence.  The rifle pictured above is a single shot.   The two semiautomatic handguns and the revolver have more power, more capacity, and are easier to conceal, but their possession is constitutionally protected.   The National Firearms Act of 1934 might have made...
  • Man who brandished gun on I-694 was ATF agent

    05/13/2014 6:05:47 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 52 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 5-13-14 | TIM HARLOW
    motorist who allegedly brandished a gun at another driver. Turns out the driver who displayed the handgun was an agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, a State Patrol report said. The incident began about 6:40 a.m. on eastbound I-694 in Brooklyn Park, where a motorist called police to report that another driver was displaying a gun. The motorist followed the gun-toting driver east to I-94, and then south on I-94 into Minneapolis. Police caught up to that driver on I-94 at Olson Hwy. and blocked two of the southbound lanes for a short time while making an...
  • ATF rules SB15 can legally be shouldered

    04/09/2014 6:48:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    thebangswitch.com ^ | 4-4-2014 | MAC
    Video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNMLO18kl98 Recently a Colorado police officer contacted the BATF to inquire about the legality of firing a pistol from the shoulder when equipped with a Sig SB15 brace. It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that the ATF said it’s perfectly legal to shoulder the “not-a-stock” device when attached to a pistol. I knew it was legal to shoulder the SB15 when it first hit the market as I had researched it years ago when AR15 pistols became popular and people were shouldered the stumpy extension tubes and firing them as if they were really short stocked rifles....
  • Eric Holder: ATF Planning to Use Drones

    04/08/2014 6:28:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 8, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Attorney General Eric Holder admitted Tuesday that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was in the process of looking at the use of domestic drones. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, questioned Holder during a House Judiciary Committee hearing, asking the Attorney General if he believed if the Federal Aviation Administration or Congress should regulate of drone use. “Would you think that it would be better that Congress intervene and employ legislation safeguarding the Fourth Amendment, right of privacy basically on citizens or do you suggest as Attorney General that the FAA still control who gets a drone or not?”...
  • Dennis Burke Should Be Further Sanctioned, Not Celebrated For Lying to Brian Terry's Family

    04/02/2014 4:20:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier this week the Arizona Republic editorial board published an opinion piece titled, “Dennis Burke should've been celebrated, not sanctioned.” The board portrays the former U.S. Attorney and Operation Fast and Furious ring-leader as a whistleblower and victim rather than holding him accountable for his extensive and reckless actions during his time in office. Consider the following a direct response. Between 2009 and 2011 when Operation Fast and Furious was active, Dennis Burke and his Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley refused to prosecute nearly every straw purchaser case handed to them citing “no probable cause.” One of those straw purchasers...
  • Feinstein Wants Obama to Pull a Clinton on Firearm Importation

    03/22/2014 10:25:41 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | March 21, 2014
    U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), sponsor of the federal "assault weapon" and "large" magazine "ban" of 1994-2004, is asking President Barack Obama to direct the BATFE to reinterpret a provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968 to prohibit the importation of various semi-automatic firearms and their parts. In a letter to Obama, the text of which was included in an article published by the Daily Caller on Thursday, Feinstein said that, "at a minimum," the BATFE should: prohibit importation of all semiautomatic rifles that can accept, or be readily converted to accept, a large capacity ammunition magazine of more...
  • After Year of Stonewalling, Issa Subpoena's ATF Over Sketchy and Reckless Storefront Tactics

    03/20/2014 1:49:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Over the past two years, investigations conducted by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel have uncovered a whole slew of shady tactics being used in operations conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. During their research, The Journal reporters found ATF agents prey on mentally ill teenagers (including ATF agents pressuring at least one young man to get a squid tattooed on his neck) to "help" with gun stings and found agents lost a fully automatic rifle on the streets of Milwaukee after it was stolen out of an unsupervised government vehicle. Careless actions from agents also resulted in thousands of...
  • What A 2nd Amendment Supporter Did To An ATF Booth Will Make You Laugh

    01/18/2014 7:19:15 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 33 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | January 17, 2014 | soopermexican
    When you’re the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and you set up a booth at the largest gun show in the world, you’re gonna have to expect some shenanigans from the gun enthusiast attendees. One particularly clever 2nd Amendment supporter snuck up to the ATF booth and committed one of the more hilarious acts of political commentary we’ve seen in a long time: Pics at link >snip While we cannot condone vandalism, we salute the wit of the gun right advocate in his modest act of civil disobedience.
  • Expand ATF investigation into agents' rogue tactics

    12/11/2013 5:34:50 AM PST · by rellimpank · 5 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 11 dec 2013
    There should be no question over whether Inspector General Michael Horowitz should expand his investigation into undercover storefront operations by the ATF to include rogue tactics exposed by a Journal Sentinel Watchdog Report investigation. An official with the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday that Horowitz "can and should" expand the investigation, and that's exactly right. The only question is why have things gone on this long without a proper investigation and what the government will do now to correct matters. The Watchdog Report investigation by reporters Raquel Rutledge and John Diedrich found that the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,...
  • ATF reportedly used rogue tactics in a half-dozen cities

    12/09/2013 10:38:14 AM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 12/9/13 | foxnews.com
    Federal ATF agents in cities across the country reportedly used rogue tactics to go after guns on the street -- allegedly exploiting the mentally ill, buying up weapons for way more than they're worth and letting minors smoke pot and drink. The details were included in an expose by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which reported earlier this year on an embarrassing set of blunders made by the Milwaukee arm of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The operation in Milwaukee apparently was not a one-off, as officials claimed.
  • ATF uses rogue tactics in storefront stings across the nation

    12/08/2013 6:01:55 AM PST · by rellimpank · 66 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 08 dec 2013
    Aaron Key wasn't sure he wanted a tattoo on his neck. Especially one of a giant squid smoking a joint. But the guys running Squid's Smoke Shop in Portland, Ore., convinced him: It would be a perfect way to promote their store. They would even pay him and a friend $150 apiece if they agreed to turn their bodies into walking billboards. Key, who is mentally disabled, was swayed. He and his friend, Marquis Glover, liked Squid's. It was their hangout. The 19-year-olds spent many afternoons there playing Xbox and chatting with the owner, "Squid," and the store clerks. So...
  • Armed agents seize records of reporter, Washington Times prepares legal action

    10/25/2013 3:53:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 124 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 25, 2013 | Guy Taylor
    Maryland state police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation to seize the private reporting files of an award-winning former investigative journalist for The Washington Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland Security Department’s Federal Air Marshal Service. Reporter Audrey Hudson said the investigators, who included an agent for Homeland’s Coast Guard service, took her private notes and government documents that she had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act during a predawn raid of her family home on Aug. 6. The documents, some which chronicled her sources and her work at the Times...
  • White House eyes 'gun trust' loophole (Obama Administration attacks NFA Trusts)

    08/23/2013 3:30:34 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8-21-2013 | Julian Hattem
    The Obama administration is working to close a loophole in the nation’s gun laws that allows for some machine guns and sawed-off shotguns to be sold without the buyer submitting fingerprints or photographs. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is working on a new regulation that would require more background information when the weapons are sold to someone through a corporation or legal trust. That would eliminate a discrepancy between sales to individuals and those to legal entities, including so-called “gun trusts,” which firearms enthusiasts have used to acquire the weapons without going through normal channels. On...
  • 3 more defendants walk free in botched ATF sting

    08/11/2013 5:31:31 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 11 aug 2013 | jJohn Diedrich
    A prosecutor has dropped criminal cases against three more defendants charged in an undercover ATF sting in Milwaukee last year — the latest setback for the beleaguered operation. Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Karen Loebel said in court she was dismissing the cases to protect informants who arranged gun and drug deals for federal agents. She blamed the publicity surrounding the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sting, saying it made it too dangerous to proceed with the cases. The ATF is usually keen on getting publicity for its operations, but not the kind the Milwaukee sting has...
  • Gun Control Is Violence

    07/18/2013 9:07:54 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 18 replies
    Daily Reckoning ^ | 07/18/2013 | Anthony Gregory
    Mohandas Gandhi, the greatest pacifist of the 20th century, is widely quoted as having said, “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look back upon the Act depriving the whole nation of arms as the blackest.” Gun controllers point to incidents such as the Ruby Ridge and Waco massacres to illustrate how violent gun owners can be, rather than acknowledging that gun control itself means violent confrontation. At trial, the jury acquitted the Davidians of all murder charges, although it convicted five of aiding and abetting the voluntary manslaughter of federal agents. It is telling...
  • Unreasonable - Government, Big Data and the Fourth Amendment

    07/01/2013 11:11:58 AM PDT · by guyshomenet · 9 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 7/1/2013 | Guy Smith
    Big data is watching. You can almost hear the computer servers in Washington buzzing with new activity. If you have never been in a large data center, they actually pulse and throb as systems surge to ingest, process and dump bits. Disks spin, cooling systems lurch and power panels hum. Data centers are seemingly alive, and the bigger the joint, the more ominous they sound – like the devil’s own demon factory. This is the backdrop for recent revelations concerning your government and big data (the phrase “big data” is IT industry slang for massive info crunching, the “crunch” verb...
  • Reese lawyers reply to prosecutor move to deny assets for defense

    06/19/2013 5:23:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | David Codrea
    Attorneys Robert J. Gorence and Jason Bowles filed a Defendants’ Reply in Support of Motion for Partial Release of Assets on behalf of clients Rick, Terri and Ryin Reese in the District Court of the United States for the District of New Mexico last Thursday. “Contrary to the government’s assertion in its Response … the Defendants have met the standard required to qualify for a hearing … that “a defendant must demonstrate to the court's satisfaction that [he] has no assets, other than those restrained, with which to retain private counsel and provide for [himself] and [his] family,” the reply...
  • True Scandal

    05/20/2013 2:02:32 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 45 replies
    NRO ^ | May 20, 2013 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Catherine Engelbrecht’s tale has all the markings of a classic conspiracy theory: She says she thinks that because of her peaceful political activity, she and her family was targeted for scrutiny by hostile federal agencies. Yet as news emerges that the Internal Revenue Service wielded its power to obstruct conservative groups, Catherine’s story becomes credible — and chilling. It also raises questions about whether other federal agencies have used their executive powers to target those deemed political enemies. Before the Engelbrecht family’s three-year ordeal began, Catherine says, “I had no real expectation or preparation for the blood sport that American...
  • ATF agents conducting sting let man leave store with gun

    05/17/2013 5:28:04 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 5 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 17 may 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge
    ATF agents let a man armed with a gun and threatening to shoot someone walk out of their storefront sting operation in Milwaukee last summer, failing to arrest him or take the weapon, the Journal Sentinel has learned. The suspect, Bobby Ball - a felon with a violent history - promised to return to the store and sell the agents that gun and others but he never came back, according to sources familiar with the case. Instead he spent four months on the loose, until he was picked up in Minnesota on a drunken-driving arrest. He is now awaiting sentencing...
  • Why maximal enforcement of federal gun laws is not always a good idea

    04/26/2013 3:58:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 26 April, 2013 | Dave Kopel
    A common trope of many Second Amendment advocates is to urge more vigorous enforcement of existing federal gun control laws, as the alternative to enacting additional laws. Rhetorically, that’s very effective. But as a policy matter, it is not always a good idea. Consider legislation recently considered by the Senate: The Manchin-Toomey amendment was supported by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), although the group later dropped its support for reasons unrelated to the issues raised in this post. Section 102(3) of Manchin-Toomey was the finding that “Congress believes the Department of Justice should...
  • Before flawed gun-buying sting, ATF mishandled another Milwaukee case

    04/25/2013 5:06:49 AM PDT · by rellimpank
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 25 apr 2013 | Raquel Rutledge and John Diedrich
    More than a year before federal agents botched a gun-buying sting in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, they rented a warehouse amid the taquerias and taverns that line S. 13th St. Instead of going after gun and drug arrests, ATF agents used the south side sting - also dubbed Fearless Distributing - to target cigarette sellers trying to cheat the government out of taxes. They snared several criminals, but made a careless mistake, one they would repeat six months later: They left behind valuable merchandise and got ripped off. When ATF agents shut down the south side warehouse and returned the keys...
  • 20 years after Waco fire, David Koresh’s tragic spell lingers

    04/18/2013 10:11:07 PM PDT · by haffast · 16 replies
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | April 17, 2013 | Tim Madigan
    WACO, Texas — Clive Doyle is a pleasant-looking man of 72, with wavy graying hair. Australia lingers in his accent. He wore a leather jacket on the chilly recent afternoon when we spent more than an hour together at a picnic table in a Waco park. He was soft-spoken, articulate and seemingly very sane. Yet 20 years ago this Friday, this same man was one of only nine Branch Davidians to survive the internationally televised inferno on the Texas prairie. Killed that day near Waco were cult leader David Koresh and 73 followers, including Doyle’s 18-year-old daughter, Shari, and 20...
  • Botched ATF sting in Milwaukee ensnares brain-damaged man

    04/07/2013 5:17:17 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 32 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 07 apr 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge
    “With him being slow, they knew that and they used him. He was too slow to catch on to what was going on. He was saying, ‘These are my good friends. These are my guys. They are looking out for me.’”- Willie Campbell, Chauncey Wright’s grandmother. ATF agents running an undercover storefront in Milwaukee used a brain-damaged man with a low IQ to set up gun and drug deals, paying him in cigarettes, merchandise and money, according to federal documents obtained by the Journal Sentinel. For more than six months, federal agents relied on Chauncey Wright to promote "Fearless Distributing"...
  • Leads on gun stolen from ATF storefront in Milwaukee fizzled out

    04/04/2013 5:11:57 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 4 apr 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge
    Hours after a machine gun was stolen from an ATF agent's vehicle in September, police had four men in custody - one who admitted holding the fully automatic weapon before his friend took it back and stashed it under a bed in a north side house. But as police and federal agents fanned out searching houses and interviewing family members, friends and girlfriends, the gun vanished. More than six months later, the rifle and another gun stolen along with it remain missing. And despite a newly filed search warrant detailing a text message that may link one of the original...
  • Text message may be a lead in hunt for stolen ATF machine gun

    03/28/2013 5:10:53 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 22 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 28 mar 2013 | John Diedrich
    The hunt continues for an ATF agent's machine gun stolen during the course of an undercover gun-buying sting in Milwaukee last year, but no one has been arrested and the gun is still on the street, according to newly unsealed court documents and Milwaukee police. The missing machine gun is mentioned in a search warrant on what appears to be an unrelated arson of a car earlier this month. In that arson case, Willtoniette Johnson, is suspected of burning a car, according to the document unsealed this week. The documents say that Johnson's boyfriend, Xavier Boone, is suspected of stealing...
  • Prosecutor: ATF's flawed Milwaukee sting not best use of resources

    03/15/2013 4:37:44 AM PDT · by rellimpank
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 15 mar 2013 | John Diedrich
    A federal prosecutor took the rare step Thursday of criticizing an undercover operation, telling a judge the sting in Milwaukee was not the best use of law enforcement resources and failed in at least one case to catch the kind of violent offender it was designed to get. The sting run by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was beset by a series of foul-ups and failures, including agents having their guns stolen and the undercover storefront being burglarized, a Journal Sentinel investigation found. Speaking at the first federal sentencing resulting from the sting, Assistant U.S. Attorney...
  • U.S. Attorney steps up case against Reese family by going over judge’s head

    03/06/2013 4:20:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5 March, 2013 | David Codrea
    Stung by reversals in his office’s prosecution of the Reese family and mindful that scrutiny for his role in that case could derail his elevation to the federal bench, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico Kenneth J. Gonzales filed three documents yesterday with the intent of denying a defense motion to dismiss outstanding counts and compel prosecutors to testify at an evidentiary hearing, and also to go over the head of U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Brack. “Notice is hereby given that the United States of America, plaintiff in this case, appeals to the United States Court...
  • Defense moves to drop remaining counts against N.M. gun dealers(Reese Family)

    02/27/2013 5:54:25 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 25 February, 2013 | David Codrea
    Lawyers for embattled former Deming gun dealers Rick, Terri and Ryin Reese filed a motion last Wednesday in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico “to dismiss with prejudice the four remaining counts of the indictment.” The filing, co-signed by defense attorneys Robert J. Gorence, Jason Bowles, Brad D. Hall, and Peter V. Domenici Jr. moved for dismissal on counts “the Indictment pending against [the defendants] on the grounds that the Government has willfully or was recklessly negligent in not disclosing Giglio [“material tending to impeach the character or testimony of the prosecution witness in a...
  • ATF's Milwaukee 'Fearless' storefront had little to ward off burglars

    02/10/2013 6:51:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 10 feb 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge )
    The door had no deadbolt. The few scratches and marks told police the men had little trouble prying it open. Hard to believe it was all that stood between the burglars and a storefront full of goods belonging to federal agents running an undercover gun sting. And who would imagine the thieves would have unfettered access to the place for three days, propping open the door with a shoe and returning the next day with a moving truck to finish the job? But that's what happened as burglars hit the ATF's Fearless Distributing storefront in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood in October,...
  • ATF begins internal review of Milwaukee sting operation

    02/02/2013 7:27:29 AM PST · by rellimpank · 13 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 02 feb 2013
    The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has launched an internal investigation into a flawed storefront sting in Milwaukee marred by a series of missteps and failures. The review was launched this week after a Journal Sentinel investigation exposed a 10-month federal operation during which an agent's Colt M-4 machine gun was stolen and burglars ripped off $35,000 in merchandise from the agency's phony store. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) on Friday joined a chorus of public officials from both parties demanding accountability from the ATF. Two other congressional letters were sent to the agency Thursday, including one...
  • Letter to ATF demands answers on flawed Milwaukee storefront sting

    02/01/2013 5:57:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 01 feb 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge
    . A bipartisan push intensified Thursday for answers from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about a flawed storefront sting in Milwaukee. A Journal Sentinel investigation this week exposed a 10-month federal operation marred by a series of mistakes and failures, including an agent's machine gun being stolen and burglars ripping off $35,000 in merchandise from the agency's phony store. Milwaukee police and ATF are still looking for that stolen machine gun, officials said Thursday. "Suffice to say, ATF and the police department both have a keen interest in trying to get that firearm back," said Milwaukee...
  • Former Minneapolis FBI director attacks Jones' ATF nomination

    02/01/2013 5:39:09 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    star tribune ^ | : DAN BROWNING and PAUL MCENROE
    A former director of the Minneapolis FBI office sent a letter this week to members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee denouncing B. Todd Jones' performance as U.S. attorney in Minnesota as they prepare to consider his nomination to director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Donald E. Oswald, 54, a self-declared Democrat and supporter of President Obama, said he felt "morally compelled" to alert the committee about what he describes as Jones' "atrocious professional reputation within the federal law enforcement community" in Minnesota. "He was, and still remains, a significant impediment for federal law...
  • Members of Congress seek inquiry of faulty ATF operation in Milwaukee

    01/31/2013 6:34:04 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 31 jan 2013
    Members of Congress from both parties Wednesday called for an investigation into the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' storefront sting in Milwaukee, an operation plagued by problems such as an agent's machine gun being stolen
  • ATF's Milwaukee sting operation marred by mistakes, failures

    01/30/2013 11:47:13 AM PST · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 30 jan 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge
    . A store calling itself Fearless Distributing opened early last year on an out-of-the-way street in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, offering designer clothes, athletic shoes, jewelry and drug paraphernalia. Those working behind the counter, however, weren't interested in selling anything. They were undercover agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives running a storefront sting aimed at busting criminal operations in the city by purchasing drugs and guns from felons. But the effort to date has not snared any major dealers or taken down a gang. Instead, it resulted in a string of mistakes and failures, including an...
  • Judge rejects prosecution motion to bar public from Reese hearing

    01/27/2013 10:14:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 January, 2013 | David Codrea
    A court order filed yesterday and obtained by Gun Rights Examiner in the case of U.S. vs. Reese has denied a motion by the prosecution to seal a hearing from the public. Defendants Rick and Terri Reese and son Ryin, New Mexico gun dealers jailed for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members, and who have since had conspiracy and money laundering charges against them dismissed, have filed a motion for a new trial after being convicted of, as Jeff Knox of the Firearms Coalition described it, “the comparatively minor charge of lying on gun sales forms -- even though...
  • Does an NFA reg turns your residence into a search at will zone?

    12/27/2012 3:00:19 PM PST · by kiryandil · 57 replies
    December 27, 2012 | Interweb tubes
    Seeing that the CA Fascist thug from the US House of Lords, Dianne "Brownshirt" Feinstein. is threatening law-abiding US peasants with forced National Firearm Act registration of ALL semi-automatic weapons, the question arises: Can the BATF search your house at will if you have an NFA registered weapon? I have seen this answered in the affirmative elsewhere. Basically, the Fascist thug old bat wants to get rid of the 4th Amendment for gun-owning peasants, as she knifes the Second Amendment in the back.
  • Reese emergency release motion to be heard next week (NM)

    12/12/2012 5:05:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Lawyers for Rick and Ryin Reese, New Mexico gun dealers imprisoned without bail for well over a year, “filed a motion to release them until their sentencing date,” a source close to the case informed supporters this morning. “The motion is set for [a hearing on] Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Federal Courthouse in Judge Brack's courtroom,” the source announced. “Anyone who can attend would be WONDERFUL,” the source continued. “If you can't be there, please keep us in your prayers for release of the guys after 477 days in jail.” “The Reese family, facing up...
  • Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations (Dec 2011)

    06/20/2012 9:30:30 PM PDT · by txnuke · 91 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 7, 2011 | Sharryl Attkisson
    Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales. PICTURES: ATF "Gunwalking" scandal timeline In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder...
  • BATFE Taking Comments on "Sporting Purposes" Exemption to "Armor Piercing Ammunition" Law Until

    12/08/2012 7:23:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 65 replies
    nraila.org ^ | 6 December, 2012 | NRA-ILA6
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is taking public comments on its website until December 31, with regard to how it should determine what types of projectiles meet the "sporting purposes" exception to the federal "armor piercing ammunition" law. At this time, the question centers primarily around rifle-caliber projectiles made of metals harder than lead, such as the Barnes Bullets solid brass hunting bullets. Under the law, adopted in 1986, "armor piercing ammunition" is defined as "a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces...
  • What's driving gun sales spike? Federal law, women and zombies

    11/28/2012 3:07:31 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 52 replies
    KING5.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | CHRIS DANIELS
    What's driving gun sales spike? Federal law, women and zombies. BELLEVUE – Karen Manley stood strong in the range Tuesday afternoon, her right hand firmly gripping a handgun. “There had been a rash of home invasions,” said Manley, of Brier. “If anything happens, I could defend myself, my kids, and my home.’ Women are just one factor behind a recent spree of gun sales, locally, and across the nation, according to gun lobbyists. The FBI reported Tuesday that it received 154,873 buyer background check requests on Black Friday, up roughly 20 percent over the same day last year. The requests...
  • Obama to bypass congress to ban semiautomatic firearms

    11/27/2012 7:00:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 69 replies
    themoralliberal.com ^ | 26 November, 2012 | JIM KOURI
    An anti-gun owner initiative considered in Washington could lead to massive civil disobedience and a severe domestic crisis, gun law expert John M. Snyder warned on Friday. “According to confidential information,” he said, “forces linked with the administration suggest the government classify semiautomatic firearms and multiple capacity ammunition feeding devices as Title 2 National Firearms Act items under the Gun Control Act of 1968. Americans familiar with federal gun laws understand that under this scenario, semiautomatics and high capacity magazines could be acquired only with great difficulty and at great expense by America’s estimated 100 million law-abiding firearms owners, notes...
  • Darrell Issa to Sue Eric Holder Monday

    08/12/2012 5:33:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Roll Call ^ | August 12, 2012 | Jonathan Strong
    House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa plans to sue Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday for refusing to provide documents related to the "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling operation. "The committee expects to file the civil contempt suit against the attorney general Monday," a Republican source said. The suit will be filed in the federal district court for the District of Columbia.The action is the latest escalation in the dispute between House Republicans and the Justice Department over the documents, which relate to a botched gun-smuggling operation.On June 28, the House voted to hold Holder in contempt of Congress...
  • Gun ownership up, crime down FBI violent-crime rates show safer nation with more gun owners

    06/19/2012 2:33:40 PM PDT · by djone · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6.18.12 | EMILY MILLER
    "Gun-control advocates are noticeably silent when crime rates decline. Their multimillion-dollar lobbying efforts are designed to manufacture mass anxiety that every gun owner is a potential killer. The statistics show otherwise. Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that violent crime decreased 4 percent in 2011. The number of murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults all went down, continuing a pattern."
  • Fast and Furious -- Holder's day of reckoning has finally arrived

    With the House committee voting Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, the stalemate between the Obama administration and Congress ultimately boils down to about 1,300 documents. Congress wants to know who prepared a February 4, 2011 letter where the Obama administration claimed that the U.S. did not knowingly help smuggle guns to Mexico (so-called “gun walking”), including the gun used to kill US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. The Obama administration admits the letter was in error, but they have always maintained that the knowledge of these tactics did not reach the top political appointees in the...
  • Issa Confronts Holder with Proof of ‘Fast and Furious’ Falsehoods

    06/06/2012 12:59:39 AM PDT · by XHogPilot · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 5, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) fired off a biting letter to Attorney General Eric Holder today, rebuking him for misleading congressional investigators even as new documents show that senior Justice Department officials had detailed information about Operation Fast and Furious tactics. Six wiretap applications in the gunwalking scandal were submitted to DoJ officials in Washington for justification and approval. The wiretaps have been sealed by a federal judge, but committee members were able to gain access to them — after Holder refused to turn them over under subpoena. “In a May 15, 2012 letter, the...
  • BATF Seeks Ban on “Military” Shotguns: Over 5 Rounds

    05/28/2012 2:58:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Tea Party Economist ^ | May 28, 2012 | Gary North
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is inviting public comments on its new rule regarding shotguns. It plans to ban them. There will be a ban on imports. (Note: watch prices rise on those already in the USA.) The basis of this ban will be the guns’ semi-automatic status. It the magazine has more than five rounds, the weapon will be banned. Why? Because the BATF designates these as “military.” Somehow, I cannot see Sergeant York with a 7-round shotgun taking on the Germans. Gen. George Patton wore ivory-handled revolvers. I wonder if these are scheduled for a ban....