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  • 1,200 Guns Found in Pacific Palisades Home After Discovery of Manís Body in Car: LAPD

    07/20/2015 8:34:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    ktla ^ | Melissa Pamer
    A county coronerís official said the man had not been identified as of early Monday evening. The elite Robbery-Homicide Division took over the case, getting a search warrant for the victimís home. Inside, they found more than 1,200 firearms ó including handguns, rifles and shotguns ó as well as more than 2 tons of ammunition. An LAPD bomb squad was sent to the home to determine that the search was safe to proceed. Evacuation for surrounding homes were ordered for nearly 12 hours Saturday, when the search was conducted. Investigators were being assisted by the LAPD Detective Bureauís gun detail...
  • CBS2 Exclusive: ATF To Join NYPD In Fighting New York City Gun Crimes

    06/16/2015 5:08:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    CBS NewYork ^ | June 15, 2015
    Security Expert: Feds Involved In Day-To-Day Busts Isn't Something Seen Every Day. Bullet-riddled windows, yellow crime scene tape, and evidence markers denoting where shell casings fell on the sidewalk are becoming all-too-familiar sights on New York City streets. Now in an unprecedented move, a federal agency is joining the effort to get gun crimes under control, CBS2ís Marcia Kramer reported Monday. Kramer is told it was a collective decision made by the federal government, the NYPD, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Those agencies are mounting a...
  • Correction: Waco Shooting Story

    06/10/2015 6:58:58 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6/10/15 | EMILY SCHMALL
    <p>WACO, Texas (AP) ó First came a few pistol shots, then a barrage of what sounded like automatic gunfire during a shootout last month at a Waco restaurant favored by bikers, several witnesses said. But authorities still haven't said how many of the dead and wounded were the result of police fire.</p>
  • Questions Grow About Handling of Waco Biker Cases

    06/10/2015 6:10:54 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 44 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | June 10, 2015 | Terri Langford
    More than three weeks after Waco police arrested 177 bikers following a deadly shootout at a local restaurant, no charges have been filed in the killings, nearly half the bikers remain in jail on unusually high bonds, and more than a few legal experts ó including former prosecutors ó are starting to wonder what is going on in McLennan County. The sluggish process of sorting out the guilty from the innocent raises civil rights questions, and potentially exposes the county to significant costs for arresting and detaining people who had no involvement in alleged crimes, experts said. So far, one...
  • Bikers Jailed After Waco Shootout Say Court System Failed Them

    06/10/2015 10:26:37 AM PDT · by don-o · 63 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 10, 2015 | MANNY FERNANDEZ
    Matthew A. Clendennen, one of the nearly 180 bikers who were jailed after the deadly shootout here last month between rival biker gangs and the police, said he had one weapon on him during the melee ó a pocketknife with a two-inch blade that was a Christmas gift from his parents and that he uses as a screwdriver and box cutter at work. Mr. Clendennen, 30, said he never pulled it out. When gunfire broke out in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant where hundreds of bikers had gathered, Mr. Clendennen said, he rushed from the restaurantís patio...
  • Breitbart Texas Files Request For Unreleased Videos Of Waco Biker Shooting

    06/10/2015 10:45:35 AM PDT · by don-o · 40 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | June 10, 2015 | Lee Stranahan
    Breitbart Texas has filed a formal request for the release of video tapes that might shed more light on the questions being raised about the mass arrest of bikers after the shooting incident outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas on May 17th. The written request asks for surveillance video from Twin Peaks and the nearby Don Carlos restaurant, as well a police dash-cam video. After a spate of recent court filings about the legality of the $1,000,000 bail that the ďWaco 170Ē bikers face, even the most fundamental questions about the shooting have not been answered. Weeks after...
  • The legal dilemma posed by pistol-gripped shotguns

    04/16/2015 1:49:06 PM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Of Arms and the Law ^ | 14 April, 2015 | David Hardy
    <p>Interesting issue ... and here I'm referring to shotguns which were originally made with a rear pistol grip in place of a buttstock.</p> <p>Under the Gun Control Act, the issue seems simple: they are pistols. Very big pistols, but pistols. Thus they have been treated, and sold in large numbers over quite a few years.</p>
  • A Day With Mike Vanderboegh at the NRA Annual Meeting

    04/15/2015 6:13:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I arrived at the NRA Annual Meeting in Nashville late on Thursday, the 9th of April, so I was able to get to the press room only a little after they opened on Friday morning.† Mike Vanderboegh was there.† I had met Mike a couple of years ago.† He looked and acted a lot healthier than he had in Houston in 2013, and he did not have to use a wheel chair.† He is someone who I have admired ever since I learned of his activities and the Sipsey Street Irregulars a few years ago.† I do not count...
  • B. Todd Jones, head of BATF is Stepping Down

    03/20/2015 1:15:54 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    It is much harder to take some one's pension after they have retired.† I suspect that B. Todd Jones has decided to leave the agency because his fingerprints are all over emails and other digital trails leading to the attempted, and likely illegal ban on M855 and SS109 ammunition.† From The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is stepping down following controversy surrounding the agencyís proposal to ban certain types of ammunition. The ATF announced Friday that Director B. Todd Jones is resigning at the end of the month ďto pursue other opportunities...
  • ATF Director Steps Down Following Days of Rumors

    03/20/2015 11:06:48 AM PDT · by jonatron · 23 replies
    Examiner ^ | March 20, 2015 | staff
    UPDATED: B. Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, confirmed this morning that he is leaving that post, nine days after a leading national gun rights organization called on him to step down or be fired primarily because of the controversy over the agencyís recent proposal to ban a popular type of ammunition for modern sport-utility rifles. Jones, who is departing March 31, was appointed director of the scandal-plagued agency in 2013. Last week, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms called for his resignation or dismissal in the wake of...
  • BREAKING: After Scrapping AR-15 Ammo Ban, ATF Director B. Todd Jones Resigning

    03/20/2015 11:26:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | March 20, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    UPDATE: ATF has officially confirmed Jones'¬†departure without stating a specific reason for his resignation.¬† B. Todd Jones to depart @ATFHQ.‚ÄĒ ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) March 20, 2015 ¬ďATF employees are hard-working, dedicated individuals who serve the public to make our nation safer every day,¬Ē said Jones. ¬ďI have seen firsthand their extraordinary commitment to combatting violent crime, ridding the streets of criminals, and leveraging all available resources to keep our communities safe," Jones said in a statement. ¬ďI will truly miss leading and working side-by-side with these men and women in their pursuit of ATF¬ís unique law enforcement and regulatory...
  • ATF chief steps down after bullet ban controversy

    03/20/2015 9:31:37 AM PDT · by maggief · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 20, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is stepping down following controversy surrounding the agencyís proposal to ban certain types of ammunition. The ATF announced Friday that Director B. Todd Jones is resigning at the end of the month ďto pursue other opportunities in the private sector." ďATF employees are hard-working, dedicated individuals who serve the public to make our nation safer every day,Ē Jones said in a statement. ďI have seen firsthand their extraordinary commitment to combating violent crime, ridding the streets of criminals, and leveraging all available resources to keep our communities safe.Ē...
  • ATF and Some Democrats Already Looking at Ways to Revive Ban on AR-15 Ammunition

    03/13/2015 7:50:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | March 13, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier this week the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced it would temporarily delay a ban on AR-15 M855 "green tip" ammunition.†"Although ATF endeavored to create a proposal that reflected a good faith interpretation of the law and balanced the interests of law enforcement, industry, and sportsmen, the vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include issues that deserve further study," an ATF press release stated. "Accordingly, ATF will not at this time seek to issue a final framework. After the close of the comment period, ATF will process the comments received,...
  • BREAKING: ATF Temporarily Pulls Proposal to Ban AR-15 "Green Tip" Ammunition

    03/10/2015 12:09:45 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 31 replies
    http://townhall. ^ | Mar 10, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    After an unprecedented response, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has temporarily pulled its proposal to ban common AR-15 M885 "green tip" ammunition.
  • M855 SS109 Cross Section of Projectiles (Bullets)

    03/06/2015 6:42:07 PM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    K. Gross made these images to show the inner construction of the M855 and SS109 projectiles, or bullets.† You can see the steel tip in front of the lead core.† The mostly copper jacket is the layer around the outside in the images. I do not have contact information for Mr. Gross;† I will gladly take down the picture or provide a link as he may desire.† I believe that he would like these images made available to inform the public. † Here is the definition of "armor piercing ammunition" from the applicable federal code: (B) The term ďarmor...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Common AR-15 Green Tip Ammunition Already Banned in New ATF Regulation Guide

    03/06/2015 11:50:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 50 replies ^ | March 6, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    On Friday February 13 at 4:00 pm, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms released a proposal to ban commonly used M855 "green tip" AR-15 ammunition under the guise of law enforcement safety. The same day the proposal was released, on a Friday of a three day holiday weekend, ATF opened up a shortened 30-day period for the public to submit comments about the new regulation. But it turns out, ATF has been working on a ban of AR-15 "green-tip" ammunition for quite some time and has already issued the ban in its new, 2014 Regulation Guide. For reference,...
  • Majority of House opposes Obama move to ban ammo

    03/05/2015 11:23:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 5, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    A majority of House lawmakers now are on record opposing the Obama administrationís proposed ban on ammunition commonly used in AR-15 rifles. A total of 239 lawmakers, including seven Democrats, have signed a letter to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director Todd Jones urging the agency to abandon the proposed ammo ban. ďUnder no circumstances should ATF adopt a standard that will ban ammunition that is overwhelmingly used by law-abiding Americans for legitimate purposes,Ē the lawmakers wrote Wednesday. Among them was Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said this week that President...
  • Devilish details behind Obama's bullet ban

    02/26/2015 9:11:30 PM PST · by Perseverando · 41 replies
    WND ^ | February 26, 2015 | Jeff Knox
    Jeff Knox explains why latest move by BATF is 'ridiculous' The Obama administrationís Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, or BATF, recently announced its intention to ban the manufacture, importation and distribution of popular SS109/M855 ammunition commonly used in AR-15 type rifles, based on the construction of the projectile it uses. This ammo served as the standard issue, 5.56 x 45mm round used by the U.S. military and most NATO countries around the world. It is commonly referred to as ďGreen TipĒ because the military puts a bit of green paint on the tip of the bullet to help...
  • 5.56 Ammunition and Switchblade Knives

    02/20/2015 3:45:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In 1958, Congress passed an "act to prohibit the introduction, or manufacture for introduction, into interstate commerce of switchblade knives, and for other purposes,".† It was signed by President Eisenhower.† At the time, many congressmen still believed in limited government, and the act did not apply to intrastate sales or possession.† Most states, however, followed the federal lead. The law was created by a media push of yellow journalism and false statistics.†† There was no logic or reason for the law.† There was no outbreak of "switchblade violence" nor do switchblades differ in any significant way, for criminal purposes,...
  • Retribution? ATF Bans Common Rifle Ammo

    02/16/2015 1:52:38 PM PST · by servo1969 · 48 replies ^ | 2-16-2015 | Andrew Branca
    On Wednesday, February 11, the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (BATFE) suffered a humiliating federal court defeat that struck at the very core of its power. In response, it took the DOJ and the BATFE only two days to petulantly strike back at gun owners in the form of a late Friday order intended to ban a major type of ammunition for the single most commonly purchased rifle. (The BATFE‚Äôs ‚Äúframework notice‚ÄĚ released Friday evening is embedded at the bottom of this post.)Last week‚Äôs federal court summary judgment against the government in...
  • BATF Pistol Brace Letter and Irrational Law

    01/28/2015 2:11:15 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Properly installed arm brace at Sig Sauer booth at the Shot show. On 16 January, just before the Shot Show, the BATF published an open letter on the subject of "The Redesign of "Stabilizing Braces". The letter was supposed to "clarify" the increasingly muddy, irrational, and stupid law. A combination of the thwarted original intent of the legislation, combined with continued bureaucratic desires to "grow the rice bowl*" and the irrational belief of disarmists that any additional regulation is good, not matter what, has resulted in our arrival at this point. The National Firearms act regulation of short barreled...
  • Judge alleges Ďfraud on the courtí by government attorneys in Dobyns case

    01/26/2015 9:59:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 25 January, 2015 | David Codrea
    Commenting on revelations about Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Department of Justice (DOJ) actions in the case of retired agent Jay Dobyns against his former employer, attorney David Hardy equated them with ďa BATF and DOJ Watergate... or worse,Ē Friday. Noting that actions taken over a civil lawsuit evidently have included concealing evidence, secret threats against witnesses, and surveillance of attorneys and witnesses, the new information lends further credence to Dobynsí allegations and appears to show government lawyers engaged in a criminal conspiracy. ďFor people like me, who have sympathized with Dobyns but tried to reserve...
  • Millionaire cybersecurity expert missing as Maryland mansion burned to rubble

    01/20/2015 8:29:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 102 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 19, 2015 | Phillip Swarts
    An executive at ScienceLogic, a company used to monitor the online networks of the FBI and the Department of Defense, among others, were missing Monday after a four-alarm fire destroyed his 16,000-square-foot Annapolis home. Don Pyle, the chief operating officer at the Reston-based technology provider, and his wife Sandy, couldnít be located, authorities said Monday. It took 85 firefighters nearly three-and-a-half hours to get the blaze under control and firefighters had yet to set foot inside the building, uncertain about its integrity, Monday afternoon. Neighbors told The Washington Times the Pylesí grandchildren may have been staying with them for the...
  • 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 afternoonís marathon, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof took to Twitter to say that the tragic events are a ďreminderĒ of how Senate Republicans blocked the appointment of a new director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). ď[E]xplosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment,Ē he tweeted with a link to a Washington Post article on the Senate GOPís threats to put a hold on President ObamaĎs 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 ^ | 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 itís 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 thatís 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 4-4-2014 | MAC
    Video- 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 doesnít come as a surprise to me that the ATF said itís perfectly legal to shoulder the ďnot-a-stockĒ 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. ďWould 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?Ē...
  • 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 ^ | April 2, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier this week the Arizona Republic editorial board published an opinion piece titled, ďDennis Burke should've been celebrated, not sanctioned.Ē 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 ďno probable cause.Ē 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 ^ | 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 youíre the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and you set up a booth at the largest gun show in the world, youíre 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 weíve 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 ^ | 12/9/13 |
    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 Departmentís Federal Air Marshal Service. Reporter Audrey Hudson said the investigators, who included an agent for Homelandís 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 nationís 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 ďgun trusts,Ē 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 ó 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, ďAmong 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.Ē 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 Ė like the devilís own demon factory. This is the backdrop for recent revelations concerning your government and big data (the phrase ďbig dataĒ is IT industry slang for massive info crunching, the ďcrunchĒ 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 Defendantsí 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. ďContrary to the governmentís assertion in its Response Ö the Defendants have met the standard required to qualify for a hearing Ö that ďa 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,Ē the reply...
  • True Scandal

    05/20/2013 2:02:32 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 45 replies
    NRO ^ | May 20, 2013 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Catherine Engelbrechtís 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, Catherineís story becomes credible ó 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 familyís three-year ordeal began, Catherine says, ďI 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, thatís 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 ďCongress 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 Koreshís 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 ó 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 Doyleís 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
    ďWith 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, ĎThese are my good friends. These are my guys. They are looking out for me.íĒ- Willie Campbell, Chauncey Wrightís 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"...