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  • Legislation Introduced to Eliminate ATF

    09/18/2014 7:02:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 9/17/2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner has introduced legislation to eliminate the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a federal law enforcement agency with 5000 employees. If passed, the legislation would dissolve the duties of ATF to the FBI and DEA. From the legislation:
  • Tacoma couple charged after explosive device blew up in their home

    06/11/2014 8:17:46 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 10 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | 06/10/2014 | Stacia Glenn
    They spent a year collecting used ammunition around Joint Base Lewis-McChord and melting it to sell as scrap metal – until one of the rounds exploded at a Tacoma home, injuring the couple and tipping police off to what they’d been up to. Pierce County prosecutors have charged Juliette Parker, 32, and Cody Hyman, 27, with possession of an explosive device, third-degree assault and reckless endangerment. The couple, who now live in Texas, is set to be arraigned June 23. Agents from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives joined the investigation and helped search the home....
  • Obama Suggests US Needs Ban On Semiautomatic, Automatic Weapons

    06/10/2014 4:18:39 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 108 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6-10-2014 | Neil Munro
    resident Barack Obama Tuesday suggested that the U.S. government should follow Australia’s example in dealing with shooting sprees, which involved strict gun bans on semiautomatic and automatic weapons. “Australia had a mass shooting [in 1996] similar to Columbine and Newtown, and just said, ‘That’s it, we’re not seeing that again,’ and basically imposed very severe tough gun laws and they haven’t had a mass shooting since,” Obama said, after he was asked for his reaction to recent shooting episodes in California and Oregon. Those laws included the confiscation of nearly all handguns and rifles. “We can have respect for the...
  • U.S. revives group to fight homegrown extremists: officials

    06/03/2014 9:59:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/3/14 | Julia Edwards - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is re-establishing a law enforcement group to fight those it designates as domestic terrorists, with an announcement expected on Tuesday, Department of Justice officials said. Following hate-motivated shootings such as the one at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas City, Missouri in April, federal prosecutors have pressed the need to coordinate intelligence of such criminals on a national level, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The group will coordinate cases that involve Americans who may be spurred to violence for political or prejudicial reasons.
  • A glimpse inside top-secret ATF gun vaults

    05/29/2014 8:14:11 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 47 replies
    wxyz.com ^ | 5-29-14 | Heather Catallo
    (WXYZ) - Keeping guns away from violent criminals is a top priority for hundreds of federal agents here in Detroit. 7 Action News Investigator Heather Catallo had an exclusive look inside the top-secret gun vaults at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It's a fascinating glimpse inside the ATF’s battle against violence and crime in Southeast Michigan. The vaults at the Detroit Field Division house the weapons seized during criminal investigations, and the 7 Investigators got to see what’s normally kept under lock and key. Four vaults inside the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Detroit Field...
  • ATF Adding More NFA Branch Staff, Reducing Backlog, Re-Designing eForms System. Again.

    04/18/2014 8:11:53 AM PDT · by Joe Brower · 16 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 4/16/14 | Nick Leghorn
    ATF Adding More NFA Branch Staff, Reducing Backlog, Re-Designing eForms System. Again.By Nick Leghorn on April 17, 2014 The Truth About Guns TTAG has just received the following email from the ATF about the current status of the National Firearms Act branch, the group responsible for approving the paperwork needed to own fun stuff like silencers and short barreled firearms in the United States. The long and the short of it is that they’ve hired yet more staff and they are finally making a dent in the backlog of paperwork, but it’s going to be a long slog ahead until...
  • Sheriff: Feds strategize for 'raid' on ranch [Sheriff Mack]

    04/14/2014 4:29:29 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 498 replies
    WND ^ | April 14, 2014
    Warning follows threat from Harry Reid that grazing dispute 'not over' The chief of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association says his sources inside the federal government are warning that Washington’s weekend retreat in a dispute over grazing land in Nevada was just to distract and defuse – because a raid on the family’s ranch still is being strategized. And there probably would be violence involved, said Richard Mack, the former sheriff of Grisham County, Ariz. “I don’t think it would be possible” to launch a raid without violence, he told WND Monday. “I don’t the Bundys would lie...
  • Reese family challenges appeals panel overturning of new trial order

    04/14/2014 6:41:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 April, 2014 | David Codrea
    Attorneys for the Reese family filed a petition for rehearing en banc Tuesday in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver. This latest move by the defense challenges a March 19 decision by a three judge panel overturning a District Court decision that the family of former gun dealers merited a new trial based on the prosecution withholding evidence that a witness had been the subject of a criminal investigation. The panel’s ruling last month was another in a series of setbacks for a family that has endured an ordeal approaching three years. Arrested in...
  • BREAKING: Airspace Over Bundy Ranch Now A No-Fly Zone (NOTAM Issued!)

    04/11/2014 8:04:21 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 554 replies
    FAA ^ | 4-11-2014
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  • Militias head to Nevada rancher’s standoff with feds: We’re not ‘afraid to shoot’

    04/11/2014 11:23:53 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 382 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2014
    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s decades-long battle against the federal government over grazing rights has heated to the point where militia groups have joined in and taken up spots against the feds who’ve circled his land — and talk is, they’re not afraid to open fire. A spokesman for the one of the militia groups said as much to local 8 News Now: I’m not “afraid to shoot,” he said. Margaret Houston, Mr. Bundy’s sister and a cancer survivor, said at a town hall gathering this week that the situation “was like a war zone” and that she felt “like I...
  • ATF offers $5k reward in explosives theft RAVALLI COUNTY

    04/05/2014 10:10:44 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    NBC Montana ^ | 4-5-14 | KECI staff
    VICTOR, Mont. - ATF officials and the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in locating recently stolen explosives. Investigators say the stolen materials include roughly 285 pounds of high explosives in the form of ANFO (Ammonium nitrate fuel oil), explosive boosters and dynamite. The materials were stolen around March 15 to April 1, from a storage facility operated by Ajax Contracting Inc. west of Victor. “These are dangerous items,” said ATF Agent Ken Bray. “That's why they're stored under very stringent regulations. They're used by trained professionals, and any time these are stolen and out in...
  • Wargaming the opening blows of civil war in Connecticut.

    04/03/2014 8:21:49 AM PDT · by drypowder · 46 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | April 3, 2014 | Mike Vanderboegh
    Dan Zimmerman at The Truth About Guns asks Could Connecticut Gun Laws Spark Another Waco?There’s been a lot of discussion among members of the Armed Intelligentsia lately about how Connecticut’s finest might proceed if they decide to confiscate unregistered guns from the state’s 100,000 or more newly-minted felons. The level of concern is evidenced by daily long comment threads, speculative posts by people who are not members of law enforcement, and even a couple of contributed opinions from the LEO community. The rational consensus seems to be that if the gun-grab order were given, cops would pinch a registration scofflaw...
  • DC Court Holds BATFE may not be "Arbitrary and Capricious" about Gun Mufflers

    03/26/2014 5:03:17 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    David Hardy , on his blog Of Arms and the Law, brought to my attention a recent case involving the BATFE and gun mufflers.   David's article is worthwhile, but other parts of the case deserve some comment.   In Innovator Enterprises v. United States, the D.C. district court held that the BATFE may not be "arbitrary and capricious", and holds that in the case in question they are exactly that. This cuts to the quick of much of the BATFE modus operandi.   Not having clearly written down standards or procedures; arbitrarily changing rules after making a determination, feeling the political...
  • Ares Armor and ATF hearing taken off calendar as more questions emerge

    03/24/2014 1:11:54 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 March, 2014 | David Codrea
    The United States District Court, Southern District of California on Wednesday granted a joint motion filed earlier in the day by attorneys for Ares Armor and the Department of Justice. The order vacated as moot a preliminary injunction hearing scheduled for Thursday, vacated the Temporary Restraining Order issued on March 11 (and the modification issued on March 14), and affirmed Ares Armor’s rights to file an amended complaint and to seek further injunctive relief. “In consideration of the specific injunctive relief requested by the [temporary restraining order obtained by Ares Armor on March 11] to prevent the seizure of the...
  • Feds raid gun parts stores despite court order

    03/19/2014 8:36:36 AM PDT · by andyk · 33 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | 19 MAR 14 | Misha Dibono
    SAN DIEGO – With a search warrant in hand, federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confiscated computers, customer lists and the questionable polymer 80 percent lower receivers from four Ares Armor store locations throughout San Diego County over the weekend. “There were women and children inside our retail establishment when the (ATF) agents came in with guns drawn,” said Ares Armor Executive Officer Dimitrios Karras. “They came into our firearms manufacturing facility saying, ‘Arms up!’  like they were invading Iraq.” The raid happened three days after Ares owner was granted a temporary restraining by a...
  • EPArmory, Aries Armor, BATFE Raid and 80% Lowers

    03/18/2014 11:16:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I have been trying to make sense of the current chaos involving EPArmory 80% lowers, the BATFE, and Aries Armor.   Kilbreaux at the eparmory.com forum has some cogent analysis: Of course I wonder just what IF anything the ATF can do in terms of retrieving receivers from customers. First, a significant number of receivers had to be OTC, cash sales…no way to track those people down. For the CC internet customers, so they find out who they are…how do they prove the parts received were manufactured in such a manner as to be considered a firearm? Assuming they even...
  • BREAKING: ATF Raids Ares Armor In Direct Violation of Court Issued Restraining Order

    03/15/2014 7:21:44 PM PDT · by South40 · 68 replies
    Gunssavelives.net ^ | MARCH 15 2014 | Dan Cannon
    We’ve always said that a restraining order is just a piece of paper. Usually we’re referring to defensive gun uses when we say that. However, in this case we have the government violating a restraining order issued by… the government. As we reported earlier this week, the ATF has demanded that Ares Armor, along with some other vendors, turn over their customer records in relation to an 80% lower that may have actually been a firearm under law. Ares agreed to stop selling the product in question as well as turn over their stock to the ATF, however they refused...
  • Warrant application shows Ares Armor referenced in wider investigation

    03/16/2014 11:29:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 3/16/14 | David Codrea
    Southern California gun parts and accessory dealer Ares Armor continues to inform customers and supporters as to the status of its operations following yesterday’s raid by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Ares Chief Operations Officer Jeremy Tuma posted an update Saturday evening to his Instagram account where he first posted the news yesterday afternoon that “ATF is currently executing search warrants on all of our locations.” “We will be burning the midnight oil to assure we are fully operational by morning and that business goes on as uninterrupted as possible,” Tuma stated in last night’s message. Per...
  • ATF breaks into Ares Armor in National City

    03/15/2014 3:06:06 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 147 replies
    youtube ^ | 3-15-14 | reapersixfour
    This video was taken 3/15/14 @ around 1250 @ the National City Ares Armor location
  • Want to buy a machine gun without a background check? Federal law allows it — for now

    01/06/2014 6:44:13 AM PST · by Joe Brower · 15 replies
    Sunlight Foundation ^ | Dec. 19, 2013, 11 a.m. | Nancy Watzman
    Want to buy a machine gun without a background check? Federal law allows it — for nowby Nancy WatzmanDec. 19, 2013, 11 a.m. An obscure regulation designed to close a gun law loophole that allows some people to avoid background checks when purchasing machine guns and silencers has sparked one of the more unusual gun control debates of the year. That's because those doing the arguing are all gun enthusiasts. Gun control groups have stayed out of this one. The regulation in question — proposed earlier this year by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) — has...
  • Ian Garland claims he was a scapegoat for Operation Fast and Furious

    12/31/2013 7:37:07 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    libertyunyielding.com ^ | December, 2013 | Renee Nal
    If not for Ian Garland’s appeal, he would still be sitting in prison. In what appears to be a gross injustice, Garland, who ran a gun shop near El Paso, Texas, was encouraged by ATF officials to sell weapons to “straw purchasers during the failed Operation Fast and Furious,” and then was arrested and thrown in prison for doing what he was told to do by the government.Thankfully, a federal judge released Garland earlier this month, over the objections of federal prosecutors.Ian Garland was arrested, along with the town’s mayor, Eddie Espinoza, former Columbus Police Chief Angelo Vega, and former village trustee Blas “Woody” Gutierrez, and...
  • 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...
  • Exclusive: Feds confiscate investigative reporter’s confidential files during raid

    10/25/2013 5:27:47 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 110 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 25, 2013 | Alex Pappas
    A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August — leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed. In an interview with The Daily Caller, journalist Audrey Hudson revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland State Police were involved in a predawn raid of her Shady Side, Md. home on Aug. 6. Hudson is a former Washington Times reporter and current freelance reporter. A search warrant obtained by TheDC indicates...
  • More ATF sting cases dismissed as top agent cannot testify

    09/30/2013 11:14:21 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | Sept. 24, 2013 | John Diedrich
    Two more cases from the ATF's troubled gun-buying sting in Milwaukee have been dismissed, this time because the prosecutor says she can't use the operation's lead agent as a witness.Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Karen Loebel said in court Fridaythat she could not call U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent Jacqueline Sutton to testify — the latest setback for an operation riddled with problems exposed bya Journal Sentinel investigation.Loebel, who has dropped eight of the 18 cases she charged from the 2012 sting, said she was not allowed to disclose why Sutton could not take the...
  • NFA firearms collectors group initiated ATF gun trust rule change

    08/30/2013 8:07:02 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 30 August, 2013 | David Codrea
    The Obama administration’s proposed regulatory amendment regarding background checks for principal officers of gun trusts will still require a chief law enforcement officer sign-off, and the rule change itself was initiated by a petition from a group representing National Firearms Act gun collectors. That information comes from a draft Department of Justice notice made public this morning by firearms industry consulting attorney Joshua Prince. Gun Rights Examiner reported on the proposed regulation change last Friday, relying on the government’s summary as posted on the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs website, which stated: The proposed...
  • Council on Foreign Relations pushes executive gun controls

    Following in the well-worn footsteps of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Blueprint for Federal Action on Illegal Guns, this week the Council on Foreign Relations released a memo urging the Obama administration to disregard the will of the American people and Congress and unilaterally enact a series of gun controls. Entitled, A Strategy to Reduce Gun Trafficking and Violence in the Americas, and written by CFR Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies, Julia F. Sweig, the memo pins the ills of Central and South America on U.S. gun owners and urges the president to curb our rights to...
  • NM:Judge denies Reese family dismissal and access to seized assets for defense(BATFE persecution)

    07/29/2013 6:52:11 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 29 July, 2013 | David Codrea
    In a series of mixed but mostly negative legal messages for embattled defendants Rick, Terri and Ryin Reese, Judge Robert C. Brack of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico issued rulings last Tuesday on multiple motions related to the case. Arrested almost two years ago for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members while operating a New Mexico gun store, all Reese family members were found not guilty on the most serious charges of conspiracy. Additionally and significantly, money laundering charges against them were dismissed. Husband Rick, wife Terri and son Ryin were convicted on...
  • ATF's latest confiscation program

    07/26/2013 5:27:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    wnd ^ | 25 July, 2013 | Jeff Knox
    One of the reasons gun owners tend to be completely opposed to the passage of any new gun laws – no matter how innocuous or reasonable seeming – is the erratic history of interpretation and enforcement of the current gun laws. This is also why I cringe every time I hear someone who supposedly supports gun rights – from politicians to the head of the NRA – calling for the feds to “enforce the laws already on the books.” The fact is, the gun laws that are already on the books are a labyrinth of confusion and booby-traps full of...
  • 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...
  • NM:Reese brief highlights government evidence suppression, misconduct(BATFE persecution)

    07/14/2013 10:25:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 July, 2013 | David Codrea
    Requesting that the United States Court of Appeals affirm the district court’s decision to grant a new trial and permit oral arguments, attorneys for the Reese family filed an Apellees’ Brief Thursday claiming “suppressed impeachment evidence was both favorable and material and … the decision to grant a new trial was within the sound discretion of the trial court.” Arrested almost two years ago for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members while operating a New Mexico gun store, all Reese family members were found not guilty on the most serious charges of conspiracy. Additionally and significantly, money laundering charges...
  • TX:ATF agent shoots, wounds burglary suspect while defending Spring home

    06/19/2013 5:02:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    KHOU.com ^ | 16 June, 2013 | Staff
    SPRING, Texas – A federal agent shot and wounded a burglary suspect while defending his north Harris County home on Sunday morning, deputies said. According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, Firearms and Explosives shot a male suspect who had entered the man’s home at 4 a.m. in the 5300 block of Brookway Willow Drive. The suspect was in the middle of searching the residence when he was confronted by the ATF agent, who discharged his weapon at him, deputies said.
  • Minnesota's B. Todd Jones is an explosive choice to lead ATF(barf alert)

    06/10/2013 5:08:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    startribune.com ^ | 10 June, 2013 | KEVIN DIAZ
    The choice of Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) made him the face of a national anti-violence agenda growing from the shock of the schoolhouse shooting massacre in Connecticut. But much like President Obama’s effort to ban assault weapons and expand background checks on gun buyers, Jones’ nomination has become stuck in the mire of congressional politics. On Tuesday, nearly six months after his name was put forward, Jones is expected to face off with some of the most skeptical Republican critics of gun restrictions and the ATF,...
  • 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 Death Watch 148: Lies, Damned Lies and Federal Gun Registries

    04/09/2013 8:38:57 PM PDT · by Windflier · 7 replies
    The Truth About Guns.com ^ | 27 May 2012 | Robert Farago
    ...parsing a press release from the ATF public information office . . Alaskan Congressman Don Young met with ATF Deputy Director Tom Brandon [above] on May 18, 2012. Congressman Young had sent a letter on April 24 which called on the ATF to explain why its agents had been visiting Alaskan gun dealers and asking for copies of their gun sale records . . . During today’s meeting Deputy Director Brandon assured me that this is not an accepted practice at the ATF… Mr. Brandon also used the meeting as an opportunity to affirmatively state that ATF has never maintained...
  • ATF Seeks 'Massive' Database of Personal Info: 'Assets, Relatives, Associates and More'

    04/06/2013 6:25:16 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 40 replies
    A recent solicitation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) reveals that the agency is seeking a "massive" online database capable of pulling up individuals' personal information, connections and associates. On March 28, ATF posted the notice on FedBizOpps.gov, entitled "Investigative System." The solicitation was updated on April 5 with a few minor changes. The document says that the system will be utilized by staff "to provide rapid searches on various entities for example; names, telephone numbers, utility data and reverse phone look-ups, as a means to assist with investigations, and background research on people, assets and businesses."
  • Lest We Forget – Lessons From The 1993 Waco Tragedy

    02/27/2013 2:53:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Bob Barr
    Twenty years ago, on February 28th 1993, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) launched an assault on the Branch Davidian religious compound just outside Waco, Texas. The resulting siege ended more than seven weeks later, on April 19, but not before claiming the lives of 80 men, women and children -- many burned to death in the final inferno that destroyed the compound. Even today, videos of the burning buildings remain vivid reminders of an assault gone horribly wrong, from start to finish; and, lessons from what has become known as the “Waco Tragedy” should be borne...
  • Government fought bail release claiming gun dealers a ‘danger to community’(Reese, NM)

    02/06/2013 7:51:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 February, 2013 | David Codrea
    Government prosecutors argued against granting bond to Deming, N.M., gun dealer Rick Reese and his son Ryin, painting them as dangerous risks for release, court documents received this evening by Gun Rights Examiner reveal. United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales, nominated by President Obama last November to serve on the U.S. District Court in the District of New Mexico, filed a supplement to the defendant’s motion for release in that court last Tuesday, citing an affidavit he claimed contained “statements relevant to the motion. “[T]hey highlight the Defendants release still pose a danger to the community,” Gonzales wrote in the...
  • Reese Case: Who Had Incentive to Lie Under Oath?

    02/06/2013 6:45:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Tea Party Patriots of Luna County ^ | 5 February, 2013 | Tea Party Patriots of Luna County
    This week the Reese family continues to wait for Rick and Ryin to be released from jail pursuant to Judge Brack’s Memorandum Opinion and Order last week granting a new trial. Underscoring the decision are allegations that Luna County Sheriff Deputy Alan Batts may have had incentive to lie under oath. Rick and Terri Reese and their two sons, Ryin and Remington Reese were arrested in August 2011. They were charged with 30 counts of criminal activity related to making false statements in connection with the sale of firearms, international weapons trafficking related to smuggling weapons to the Mexican cartel,...
  • Snafu keeps gun dealers in jail as attorney urges investigation of prosecutors(Reese, NM)

    02/03/2013 1:31:52 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 February, 2013 | David Codrea
    Despite two orders from an obviously irked New Mexico U.S. District Court judge that the Reese family will be given a new trial and that father Rick and son Reese are to be released on bond, the pair remain behind bars this weekend because monitoring devices required by the order are not on hand, sources close to the case have confirmed to Gun Rights Examiner. “Yes, bail money is good for now,” the source reveled, explaining “relatives, good friends and well-wishers have donated to the defense fund. “They are waiting for the ankle monitors to get in for the release....
  • Feinstein Goes For Broke With New Gun-Ban Bill To Disarm America

    01/24/2013 11:45:11 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 25 replies
    Ammoland ^ | Jan 24, 2013 | Ammoland staff
    •Requires owners of existing “assault weapons” to register them with the federal government under the National Firearms Act (NFA). The NFA imposes a $200 tax per firearm, and requires an owner to submit photographs and fingerprints to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), to inform the BATFE of the address where the firearm will be kept, and to obtain the BATFE’s permission to transport the firearm across state lines. •Prohibits the transfer of “assault weapons.” Owners of other firearms, including those covered by the NFA, are permitted to sell them or pass them to heirs. However, under...
  • '... To Protect Our Children'

    01/20/2013 7:33:28 AM PST · by morethanright · 7 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-19 23:32:01 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:While President Obama took to the airwaves in his weekly radio address, urging Congress to "act soon" in passing sweeping gun-control measures, the Phoenix Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it recovered 43 weapons Obama's Justice Department sold to Mexican drug gangs as part of its infamous Operation Fast and Furious.According to ABC's Phoenix affiliate KNXV-TV, Phoenix drug enforcement agents recovered the weapons after arrests were made near the Phoenix-Tolleson border. "Four of the suspects are listed as undocumented immigrants. The fifth suspect had been admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa," said KNXV-TV.In a 2011 letter...
  • Hair trigger reaction: Rush to 'do something' on guns is stifling reasonable debate

    01/14/2013 2:44:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2013 | The Editors
    The sane reaction to the Sandy Hook shooting might have been to look at the country’s mental illness infrastructure. The shooter in the case was clearly sick, and mental illness is the common denominator among these mass shootings, after all, from Newtown to Tucson to Aurora to Virginia Tech and beyond. Instead, look at what we’re doing. The White House and many in Congress have targeted legal gun owners and guns; at least one lawmaker in Iowa has openly called for confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens; and several media outlets have even run maps showing the homes, addresses and...
  • Dear Mr. Security Agent: A letter to law enforcement

    01/07/2013 6:54:35 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 227 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | January 7, 2013 | Matt Bracken
    Dear Mr. Security Agent, Federal, state, or local. You, the man or woman with the badge, the sworn LEO or FLEA and those who inhabit the many law enforcement niches in between and on all sides. This essay is directed to you, because in the end, how this turmoil about gun control turns out will depend largely upon your decisions and actions over the coming months and years. I sincerely wish that members of Congress—who may soon be voting on new gun control measures—would read this essay, but I realize that’s a pipe dream, considering the impenetrable bubbles around those...
  • Heads reportedly roll at ATF over Fast & Furious

    12/05/2012 11:17:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies
    Examiner ^ | DECEMBER 4, 2012 | DAVE WORKMAN
    Heads may roll at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as four key officials involved in Operation Fast and Furious may be fired, two more demoted and one suspended and transferred, sources have confirmed to this column. Word first leaked over the weekend about three of the reported firings at Town Hall and Breitbart, which curiously carried much the same text under two different bylines. UPDATE: Fox News, quoting the Wall Street Journal, is reporting however that these dismissals are only recommendations from an agency review board. This column regrets any error. Former Phoenix Special Agent in Charge...
  • Double-Barrel 1911 Lands ATF Approval, Importation To Begin Next Year

    11/30/2012 7:44:34 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 55 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | 11.27.2012 | Max Slowik
    Double-barrel 1911 lands ATF approval, importation to begin next year The ATF has given Arsenal the green light to import their double-barreled, double-everything 1911. Arsenal turned a lot of heads a few months back when they announced their truly unique handgun, the AF2011-A1, but many assumed that the gun would never wind up for sale in the U.S., because it fires two cartridges with one pull of the trigger, making it a machine gun according to federal law. Arsenal maintained that their double trigger design, and matching pair of sears and hammers, would not raise the hackles of the gatekeepers...
  • Obama to bypass congress to ban semiautomatic firearms, warns expert

    11/27/2012 8:30:35 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 130 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Nov. 26, 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...
  • [Vanity] Should I renew my C&R FFL?

    11/14/2012 5:39:30 AM PST · by rarestia · 37 replies
    My Mind's Eye | 14 November 2012 | Ron Arestia
    So I received my renewal notice for my C&R FFL (03) yesterday, as it's due to expire in February. I've been religious with my renewals for years, but this year just feels different. I saw that BATFE seal on the envelope and my heart sank a little knowing that they're under this Marxist administration. My question to FReepers and firearm aficionados is this: should I renew? My feelings are that at some point in the future, firearms are going to be restricted either by international treaty (i.e. UN ATT) or by executive fiat, and I wonder if it would be...
  • Rediscovered news account sheds light on Fast and Furious deception

    10/25/2012 6:27:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 October, 2012 | David Codrea
    A two-year old news article about Arizona guns falling into the hands of Mexican cartels, that preceded the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and the unraveling of government-sanctioned gunwalking, has been rediscovered by Attorney David Hardy on his Of Arms and the Law blog. The story was filed “[r]ight in the middle of the Fast and Furious gunrunning,” Hardy observes, adding “with SAC William Newell overseeing the operation.” Special Agent in Charge Newell headed the Phoenix field division from which Operation Fast and Furious was executed. “Weapons that trace back to dealers and sellers in Arizona are being...
  • Perspective: No Body Count from Watergate but Hundreds Dead from Fast and Furious

    10/09/2012 6:29:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6 October, 2012 | AWR Hawkins
    Watergate is arguably the most sinister crime a Democrat can find to present to the American people when trying to silence a Republican. But it pales in comparison to the lies, illegal gun sales, weapons trafficking, and wholesale slaughter of innocents we've seen as a result of Fast and Furious. Think about it -- Watergate was a break-in, the goal of which was secure some "dirt" on Democrats to help Richard Nixon during his re-election bid in 1972. Nixon, the man vilified for it, didn't even know about it until after the break-in had already happened, and his crime was...
  • Two More Border Patrol Agents Gunned Down. News amidst new revelations about Fast and Furious

    10/03/2012 11:16:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/03/2012 | Bob Owens
    Details released to the media have been minimal so far: a Border Patrol unit that was dispatched to check an alarm triggered by a ground sensor east of Bisbee, Arizona, came under fire shortly after 1:30 a.m. in what appears to have been a hasty ambush. Three agents were part of the patrol. One agent, Nicholas Ivie, a married father of two, was killed at the scene [1]: Capas said the agents reported over the radio that they had come under fire as they were following a trail into the area. Earlier reports from authorities stated erroneously that they were...