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  • 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...
  • 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"...
  • 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, 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."
  • ATF creating ‘legal’ injustice for FFL fighting revocation

    09/13/2012 4:36:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 12 September, 2012 | David Codrea
    By improperly causing a hearing to be removed from the court calendar, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives prevented a Federal Firearms Licensee from seeking discovery crucial to its case for a scheduled revocation hearing, a motion filed on behalf of Brink’s, Incorporated, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas at Dallas asserted Monday. Requesting either “to reinstate [the court] hearing date or, in the alternative, to reschedule [the] FFL revocation hearing,” the motion points out it “serves as Brink’s only opportunity to obtain discovery for the purposes of defending its license.” This...
  • Obama Administration Expands ATF’s Power to Seize Property

    09/08/2012 2:49:47 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 73 replies ^ | 09.07.2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    Obama Administration Expands ATF’s Power to Seize Property As part of a one-year trial run, the Department of Justice has granted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives the power to “to seize and administratively forfeit property allegedly involved in controlled substance offenses,” which is almost tantamount to saying that on the mere suspicion that one is doing something illegal, the ATF can snatch one’s firearms and property. The Washington Times, among other publications, have explained the implications of this new DoJ decree: It’s a dangerous extension of the civil-forfeiture doctrine, a surreal legal fiction in which the seized...
  • ATF attempts to stifle "outside" whistleblowing

    07/19/2012 2:56:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 19 July, 2012 | Richard Renner
    John Solomon, writing in the Washington Guardian, is reporting today that B. Todd Jones, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), released a video last week to all employees. In the video, Jones warns that there would be “consequences” for any employees who report wrongdoing outside their chain of command. Jones was a federal prosecutor when Attorney General Eric Holder asked him to lead the embattled agency after the Fast and Furious scandal. He is supposed to improve morale and instill a new culture in the aftermath of that scandal. Jones' precise words are:...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • ATF Death Watch 144: Long Gun Registry Abuse Begins

    04/26/2012 12:32:48 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 26 April, 2012 | Robert Farago
    <p>One of the most compelling arguments against gun control: laws affecting legal gun purchase and ownership put the government on a slippery slope towards gun confiscation. One of the least compelling arguments against gun control: laws affecting legal gun purchase and ownership put the government on a slippery slope towards gun confiscation. Gun control advocates—and those who view the government as a benign entity—dismiss any mention of creeping tyranny as the paranoid ravings of firearms-fixated members of the lunatic fringe. The ongoing Fast and Furious scandal has highlighted the divide . .</p>
  • What they did, and didn't, talk about at the NFATCA public meeting at the SHOT Show.

    01/25/2012 6:06:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 24 January, 2012 | Mike Vanderboegh
    Whispers of ATF snitches and U.S. vs. Clark. "Hot topics." During the NFATCA meeting, it was disclosed that the ATF, as of last week, has changed its opinion regarding the proper procedure for deactivating a barrel for importation. Previously, ATF issued a letter stating that drilling three holes into the barrel was sufficient. While destroying the functionality of the barrel, it allowed for the barrel to be used in a dummy-gun for a collector, who basically desired a non-functioning replica of a particular firearm. ATF has now announced that it is requiring any such imported barrel to be torch cut...
  • Judge Upholds ATF Gun Rule for SW Border States

    01/17/2012 2:03:12 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    ABCN News Radio ^ | 17 January, 2012 | NA
    Thinkstock/Comstock(WASHINGTON) -- A federal judge has upheld a rule proposed by the ATF to track multiple gun sales in Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico in a lawsuit brought by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and two gun dealers in Arizona. Over the summer the ATF announced that it would seek information in those four states on gun purchasers who buy two or more weapons a week for semi-automatic long guns that have a caliber greater than .22 and a detachable magazine. The ATF would require gun dealers to report the sale of multiple rifles with what ATF was calling...
  • Federal Court Upholds Obama/Holder Gun Registration Scheme; Congressional Action Needed

    01/13/2012 5:44:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | January 13, 2012 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   Federal Court Upholds Obama/Holder Gun Registration Scheme; Congressional Action Needed   Friday, January 13, 2012   Moments before this alert was to go out, a federal district court in Washington, D.C. issued a ruling upholding an Obama administration policy that requires federally licensed firearms retailers in states bordering Mexico to report multiple sales of semi-automatic rifles.  The case was brought by two NRA-backed firearms retailers and by the National Shooting Sports Foundation acting on behalf of its affected members.  Plaintiffs plan to appeal immediately—but in the meantime, your help is urgently...
  • Gun makers baffled by ATF criteria (Models OK’d on case-by-case basis)

    01/03/2012 11:07:12 AM PST · by bamahead · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 2, 2012 | Chuck Neubauer
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is in charge of determining whether a gun model is legal, but the agency won’t say much about its criteria. Despite overseeing an industry that includes machine guns and other deadly weapons, ATF regulations for the manufacture of weapons are often unclear, leading to reliance on a secretive system by which firearms manufacturers can submit proposed weapons for testing and find out one at a time whether they comply with the law, critics say. The ATF recommends that manufacturers voluntarily submit weapons for case-by-case determination. But those judgments are private and, it...
  • The ATF might have prevented the Oklahoma City bombing

    01/02/2012 10:35:06 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/02/2012 | Doug Book
    Had the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in February of 1995 acted upon an its expressed determination to arrest a German national who had overstayed his visa, the Oklahoma City bombing might not have taken place. While the show trial of Oklahoma City bomber Tim McVeigh was being conducted at Denver, Colorado in April of 1997, another federal proceeding was taking place in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But no one seemed particularly interested in this case–the federal prosecution of former beauty queen and Oklahoma debutante Carol Howe for making bomb threats against the government of the United States. No one, that...
  • Behavior by Department of Justice Officials May Lead to Impeachment

    12/09/2011 6:35:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | December 9, 2011 | Katie Pavlich
    It was a very uncomfortable Thursday for Attorney General Eric Holder on Capitol Hill as he testified before the House Judiciary Committee about Operation Fast and Furious. If it wasn’t clear that Fast and Furious was implemented as a way to push more gun control measures without the consent of Congress, it’s crystal clear now. Continued stonewalling from the Justice Department had Rep. James Sensenbrenner talking about impeachment Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee Democrat John Conyers called for the enforcement of new gun control measures pushed through the Justice Department in July without the approval of Congress, requiring...
  • Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations

    12/07/2011 1:11:53 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 39 replies
    CBS ^ | December 7, 2011 1:44 PM | Sharyl 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...
  • RED ALERT: Deputy A.G. behind 'Fast & Furious' met with Obama four times during height of operation

    11/29/2011 8:22:08 AM PST · by Qbert · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Director Blue ^ | 11/28/2011 | Doug Ross
    Item 1: In March of 2011, President Obama denied knowledge of 'Operation Fast and Furious' -- the Justice Department program that sent thousands of murder weapons to Mexican drug cartels. 25 March 2011 - Under fire for an operation that allowed smuggling of U.S. weapons across the nation’s border with Mexico, President Obama said in an interview that neither he nor Attorney General Eric Holder authorized the controversial “Operation Fast and Furious.” ...Obama told Univision‘s Jorge Ramos that President Felipe Calderon wasn’t informed of the operation because he — the president of the United States — wasn’t informed either. When...
  • ATF: In-Home inspections are just one of the many services we offer!

    11/16/2011 1:30:33 PM PST · by mojitojoe · 17 replies
    The truth about Gund ^ | 8-2-2011 | Brad Kozak
    You gotta hand it to those overachievers at the ATF(E and sometimes RBFs). Up to their asses in alligators over Fast & Furious, called in to investigate a local law enforcement peccadillo, and yet they still find time to reach out and touch someone(s). In this case, the someones would be those buyers who made the faux pas of buying more than one gun inside a five-day period. So how does this new Community Outreach Program work?
  • ATF Classifies Pot Scrubbers as Silencers, Makes Possession Illegal

    11/16/2011 1:13:04 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 65 replies
    Truth About Guns ^ | 15 NOV 11 | Nick Leghorn
    David Codrea published an article today about an interesting letter one law abiding silencer owner received from the ATF. The silencer owner in question owns an AWC .22lr silencer that uses a material made of tangled copper ropes to slow down the expanding gasses, a material not unlike the common Brillo pad or Chore Boy Pot Scrubber. He wanted to know whether it would be legal to replace the worn out material in his legally owned silencer with some pot scrubber material, an act which seems pretty innocuous to the impartial observer. The ATF, on the other hand… From the...
  • WaPo: ‘Calm down’ about Fast and Furious gun sting, ATF acting director says

    10/06/2011 6:52:23 AM PDT · by maggief · 108 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 6, 2011 | Sari Horwitz
    The new acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced a major shake-up of his agency Wednesday and urged Washington insiders to “calm down” about the latest revelations surrounding a controversial ATF gun operation. B. Todd Jones said calm is needed as he begins rebuilding the beleaguered agency, including shuffling top personnel. He made his comments as his boss, Attorney General Eric J. Holder Jr., came under fire this week from Republican lawmakers, with one calling for a special counsel to investigate Holder’s role in the Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation.
  • ATF Death Watch 89: 40 Fast and Furious Firearms “Found” in Dallas(gunwalker)

    09/30/2011 6:03:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 48 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 29 September, 2011 | Robert Farago
    There are so many curious aspects to the Gunwalker scandal. There are well over a thousand smoking guns still out there, somewhere. All of which prove that the ATF “lost control” of Operation Fast and Furious. But there is no single piece of evidence that answers the fundamental question about Uncle Sam’s gun running black bag job: why? What was the point of allowing bad guys to buy guns? The ATF claims they were going after the “big fish” controlling the U.S. gun stores-to-Mexican drug cartel weapons trade. That hardly seems likely—as there were no big fish to be gotten....
  • "Fast And Furious" Just Might Be President Obama's Watergate

    09/28/2011 8:34:19 AM PDT · by maggief · 54 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 28, 2011 | Frank Miniter
    Why a gunrunning scandal codenamed “Fast and Furious,” a program run secretly by the U.S. government that sent thousands of firearms over an international border and directly into the hands of criminals, hasn’t been pursued by an army of reporters all trying to be the next Bob Woodward or Carl Bernstein is a story in itself. But the state of modern journalism aside, this scandal is so inflammatory few realize that official records show the current director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), B. Todd Jones — yes the individual the Obama administration brought in to...
  • Unbelievable: Operation Fast and Furious Agents...Promoted

    08/16/2011 3:36:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | August 16, 2011 | Katie Pavlich
    You got our gun control regulations through! Great job! Here's promotion! ATF agents involved in Operation Fast and Furious who should have been fired by now for putting over 2000 high powered weapons into the hands of ruthless Mexican drug cartels, on purpose, have been promoted. Yes, promoted. Only in government can you have blood on your hands and get a pay raise and moved from the Phoenix Field Office to a cushy office in Washington D.C.The three supervisors have been given new management positions at the agency's headquarters in Washington. They are William G. McMahon, who was the ATF's...
  • Congressmen object to new gun requirements, show support for NRA lawsuits

    08/11/2011 5:35:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10 August, 2011 | Jeff Winkler
    Federal lawmakers are backing lawsuits against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) following the introduction of new gun registration requirements in several border states. The lawsuits, supported by the National Rifle Association, aim to stop the ATF from compelling firearms sellers to report multiple purchases. “The ATF has no authority to track the purchases of law-abiding gun owners and the Second Amendment Task Force applauds the lawsuit to stop this effort,” Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun told The Daily Caller. The task force is a 13-member, bipartisan group of lawmakers established in 2009. Broun is its co-chair....
  • Is press working fast and furiously to deflect blame for botched gun sting?(gunwalker)

    08/10/2011 5:03:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 9 August, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Readers of Tuesday’s edition of USA Today were treated to an editorial, a rebuttal by National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and a “hard news” story that, taken all together, make it appear that the newspaper’s editorial board either doesn’t “get it” about Operation Fast and Furious, or they are feverishly trying to deflect responsibility. It is not likely Pacific Northwest gun rights activists will buy it, judging from conversations on the Northwest Firearms and WaGuns forums. In the story, focusing on the most prolific Fast and Furious suspect, Uriel Patino, the newspaper clearly points to the culpability...
  • ATF to Investigate Purchasers of Two or More Rifles in Five-day Period

    08/02/2011 5:15:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 48 replies
    The New American ^ | 1 August, 2011 | Kelly Holt
    Two weeks ago, concerned about news reports that President Obama would order the investigation of citizens buying two or more rifles at a time, a licensed Texas gun dealer contacted his local Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) official to find out if the reports were true, so he could be in compliance. The ATF official assured him that he was aware of such legislation having been considered, but added, “The law is not going to pass, and we can’t enforce something that isn’t law.” This week, however, gun dealers and pawnshop owners across the country received a...
  • Obama Executive Order Cannot Legally Enact Rifle-Reporting Law

    07/15/2011 4:30:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies ^ | 14 July, 2011 | Alan Korwin
    PHOENIX, AZ --( Effort to Bypass Congress Is Illegitimate, Experts Say Similar Laws Have Required Bills, Open Debate and Recorded Votes. The news Media is Asleep at the Wheel, Reporting Without Questioning. The Firearm Owners Protection Act Bans Such Proposals Altogether and Congress has Already Rejected Reporting for Long Guns. If this stands up, limits on power fall apart — Is that the true goal of Project Gunrunner? The effort by the Obama administration to establish new gun law by executive order is not a legal method for enacting law in the United States, according to Alan Korwin, a national...
  • It’s Time For Some “Gun Control”.

    07/14/2011 7:27:16 AM PDT · by Old Student · 23 replies
    Since its modern mutation in 1968 (via the “Gun Control Act of 1968), and with an infusion of power to it in 1972 by Treasury Department Order No. 120-1, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) has amassed a truly sordid record of “gun control.” Although it’s website somewhat outlandishly claims a history going back to 1789, BATFE’s modern roots go to its failed attempts at the enforcement of Prohibition (another stupid idea from the federal government). There’s hardly anything as pathetic as a bloated government agency, in search of a mission. So the “BAT” got their...
  • DOJ’s Fast and Furious head fake

    07/13/2011 9:53:46 AM PDT · by topher · 26 replies
    Michelle ^ | July 12, 2011 | By Michelle Malkin
    In the wake of swelling outrage over the Obama administration’s fatally botched Fast and Furious straw gun purchase racket, the DOJ is punishing the very whistleblowers who protested the scheme in the first place. This is a head fake. Instead of exercising more control over lawless bureaucrats within its own agencies, the Obama administration is tightening its grip over law-abiding gun shops: As a backlash mounts over the government’s failed Fast and Furious gun-tracing operation, the Justice Department will begin requiring firearms dealers in California and other border states to alert officials anytime they sell more than two semiautomatic rifles...
  • "Fast and Furious" Scandal Making Cops, Citizens Furious Fast

    07/13/2011 7:11:29 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Right Side News ^ | 7/12/2011 | Jim Kouri
    When the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee released a report -- “The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious: Accounts of ATF Agents -- it infuriated law enforcement officers and American citizens across the country. One police commander in New Jersey told Law Enforcement Examiner, "We need to get to the bottom of this renegade operation fast. I am furious that our government actually contributed to the killing of two American law enforcement officers -- one in the U.S., the other in Mexico." The at times shocking report includes testimony from four Bureau of...
  • NRA Will Sue Obama Administration Over New Gun-Control Measure

    07/12/2011 8:30:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/12/11 | Susan Jones
    The National Rifle Association plans to sue the Obama administration over its new gun-reporting requirement in four states bordering Mexico. On Monday, the Justice Department said it would require firearms dealers in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas to report multiple sales of certain semi-automatic rifles to the same person within a five-day period. The goal is to stop the illegal flow of weapons to Mexican drug cartels, said Deputy Attorney General James Cole. The new reporting requirement applies to semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and calibers greater than .22. Such weapons, Cole said, "are highly sought after by dangerous...
  • ATF to Require Information on Frequent Gunbuyers in Border States

    07/11/2011 2:40:53 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 119 replies
    AP ^ | July 11, 2011
    WASHINGTON -- In an effort to stem the illicit flow of weapons into Mexico, the Justice Department announced Monday that all gun shops in four Southwest border states will be required to alert the federal government to frequent buyers of high-powered rifles. The new policy comes amid criticism of a failed federal probe aimed at dismantling large-scale arms trafficking networks along the Arizona border with Mexico. In the probe, called Operation Fast and Furious, several agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives say they were inexplicably ordered by superiors to stop tracking some small-time "straw" buyers who...
  • Could (Gunrunner) controversy kill the ATF?

    07/08/2011 3:30:03 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 57 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 07/08/2011 | Politico
    The unfolding scandal over a gunrunning investigation allegedly botched by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives could do what years of criticism of the long-beleaguered agency never quite accomplished — result in its demise. That, at least, is the view of some former ATF employees and advocates on both sides of the gun control debate who have watched the agency struggle to contain the damage from an operation intended to trace the traffic of illegal guns to Mexico that has reignited the harsh criticism often directed at the ATF in the past. The agency, which moved from the...
  • 43 Weapons in Phoenix Traffic Stop Linked to ATF's 'Fast and Furious' (video)

    07/07/2011 8:57:39 AM PDT · by montag813 · 129 replies
    ABC15/SWA (YouTube) ^ | 07-07-2011 | Stand With Arizona
    The scope of Eric Holder's disastrous 'Fast and Furious" ATF operation just keeps expanding. Now a single traffic stop in Phoenix has revealed 43 weapons with serial numbers traceable to the the ATF scandal - taken from 4 illegal aliens arrested in the stop. How many guns has this Administration put in the hands of gangs throughout the U.S. How many children will die in drive-bys using weapons Holder GAVE to criminals? And with the ATF Director now saying the DoJ obstructing the investigation, the House GOP must not stop until all responsible are rotting in jail. And what did...
  • ATF Director Says Holder Obstructing 'Fast and Furious' Probe

    07/07/2011 7:40:58 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 61 replies · 2+ views ^ | July 06, 2011 |
    The Justice Department is obstructing the congressional investigation of a U.S. law enforcement operation intended to crack down on major weapons traffickers on the Southwest border, according to the embattled leader of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Ken Melson, the acting director of the ATF, lobbed the accusation when he sneaked in for an interview with congressional investigators on July 4, two days ahead of his scheduled interview with the inspector general about the operation known as "Fast and Furious," Fox News has learned. "If his account is accurate, then ATF leadership appears to have been effectively...
  • Melson 'sick to stomach' over Gunwalker

    07/06/2011 7:39:55 AM PDT · by DrNo · 25 replies
  • Dems to spin Fast & Furious probe into gun-control rally

    07/01/2011 5:40:20 AM PDT · by Durus · 31 replies ^ | June 30 | Ed Morrissey
    After yesterday’s news of the deal between Senators Pat Leahy and Charles Grassley to get documents and testimony from ATF chief Kenneth Melson on Operation Fast and Furious, it seemed as though Democrats might finally take the scandal of the gunrunning fiasco seriously. Alas, Elijah Cummings and House Democrats appear uninterested in abuses of government power, incompetence, and potential cover-ups at AFT and the Department of Justice. In fact, they want to turn the probe into an argument for expanding government control of firearms: The top Democrat on a House investigative committee is broadening an inquiry into a botched gun-tracing...
  • Obama Eyeing Anti-Gun Backer to Run ATF

    06/21/2011 8:34:58 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 43 replies ^ | June 20, 2011
    The Obama administration is in talks this week with the man who could replace the current head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), a man gun-rights groups have railed against as being hostile to their cause. Andrew Traver was nominated in November by President Barack Obama to become ATF director, but the National Rifle Association has stalled his appointment, citing his anti-gun rights stance. Traver, who now heads the ATF’s Chicago field office, is to meet Attorney General Eric Holder and top Justice Department officials this week. Traver’s visit was seen at the Capitol as the...
  • Blood On Their Hands: Giving Guns to Criminals Was the Plan All Along

    06/15/2011 11:47:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies ^ | June 15, 2011 | Katie Pavlich
    “Allowing loads of weapons that we knew to be destined for criminals, this was the plan. It was so mandated.” –Special Agent John Dodson ATF Phoenix Field Division. Damning new evidence from Capitol Hill shows that ATF Directors and Justice Department Officials knew about and encouraged the purposeful trafficking of thousands of weapons across the southern border, despite strong objections from ATF agents. Thousands of innocent lives were taken as the result, including those of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jamie Zapata. New emails released by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa show that ATF Director Kenneth Melson...
  • Issa: Dems trying to obstruct "gunwalking" probe

    06/15/2011 12:08:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 15, 2011 | NA
    In riveting testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday, one federal agent stated simply, "Someone was going to die."And a federal agent did - from guns supplied in the so-called "gunwalking" scandal that CBS News first reported. Those hearings, involving the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), were to resume Wednesday. CBS News Investigative Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson - who broke the story in February - reported on "The Early Show" Wednesday that three sitting ATF special agents who helped blow the whistle on the controversial operation were slated to be the first to testify at Wednesday's session.Congress starting ATF "gunwalker scandal"...
  • ATF Death Watch 8: GPS?

    06/09/2011 4:10:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies ^ | June 9, 2011 | Robert Farago
    In a previous post, I asked a simple question: if the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms’ (ATF) anti-gun running gun-running ops were truly about busting bad guys, why didn’t they equip the weapons with GPS devices? On Fox News at high noon, reporter William La Jeunesse claimed that the guns were GPS-tagged. By 1:41pm that crucial piece of information dropped out of the report, in favor of a general round-up, wherein Fox reports the Gunwalker scandal as if they’d just heard of it. Now that’s odd . . .If at least some of the thousands of guns allowed south didn’t...
  • Project Gunrunner

    06/09/2011 6:15:27 AM PDT · by Joe Brower · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 5/26/2011 | Andy Ramirez
    Project Gunrunner The New AmericanAndy Ramirez Thursday, 26 May 2011 It was 11 days until Christmas and Detroit-born Brian Terry was looking forward to leaving the U.S.-Mexico border at the end of the week for a holiday visit with his family in his home state of Michigan. He had joined the Border Patrol three and one-half years before and had quickly excelled, becoming a member of the elite BORTAC (Border Tactical) Unit detailed out of the Naco, Arizona, station. A rugged, muscular, 6-foot-4 athlete, prior to the Border Patrol he had served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps —...
  • 71 Million Americans May have to Report Gun Buys to Feds

    06/02/2011 7:15:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 60 replies · 1+ views ^ | 31 May, 2011 | Chris W. Cox
    If you’re one of the nearly 71 million Americans who live in the four southwest border states, some of your gun purchases could soon be reported to the federal government. If you don’t like that—and no gun owner should—read on, because this may be our first big head-on gun control battle against the Obama administration. The fight began with a bureaucratically worded “Emergency Notice of Information Collection Under Review,” published in the Dec. 17 “Federal Register”—the daily publication where all proposed federal rules make their debut. It announced that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives plans to require...
  • Issa: Gunrunner hearings will be held; ATF names new SAC in Phoenix

    05/18/2011 5:24:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 17 May, 2011 | Dave Workman
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has named a new Special Agent in Charge (SAC) in Phoenix, the office from whence the controversial Operation Fast and Furious arm of Project Gunrunner was launched. Meanwhile, Congressman Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has suggested that hearings on the controversial Project Gunrunner will be held in Washington, D.C. Now heading up the Phoenix ATF field office is Tom Brandon, recently assigned to Detroit. Described by ATF sources as an excellent agent who will straighten out the mess created in Phoenix by Gunrunner architects, he...
  • New Study Points to Truth About Mexican Cartels' Guns

    05/05/2011 10:07:33 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | April 29, 2011 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   New Study Points to Truth About Mexican Cartels' Guns   Friday, April 29, 2011   The Woodrow Wilson International Center, which previously accepted as fact that incredible numbers of newly purchased firearms were being smuggled from the U.S. to Mexico, has just released a report(PDF) showing that the numbers have been incredibly exaggerated. The revelation shifts the blame for Mexico’s drug cartel problem away from America’s “lax” gun laws, and squarely in the direction of Mexican officials and Central American weapons smugglers.According to the report, Mexican President Felipe Calderon "[S]aid Mexico...
  • Friction Grows Between Lawmakers and DOJ Over 'Project Gunrunner' Probe

    05/04/2011 10:32:52 AM PDT · by topher · 35 replies ^ | 04-May-2011 | By William Lajeunesse
    Friction Grows Between Lawmakers and DOJ Over 'Project Gunrunner' Probe By William Lajeunesse It started with one whistleblower, but now involves dozens of investigators, has created a standoff between the Department of Justice and lawmakers and threatens Mexico’s diplomatic relationship with the United States. Friction is growing over the probe into the failed “Project Gunrunner” program -- run by the Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms that intended to stop the flow of guns to criminals in Mexico. Whistleblowers claim the bureau actually encouraged the illegal sale of firearms to known criminals, then allowed those guns to be...
  • Obama administration seeks more comments on rifle sale plan

    05/02/2011 11:48:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 28, 2011 | Jeremy Pelofsky
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Friday will seek another round of comments on its controversial proposal to require gun dealers in four states on the U.S.-Mexico border to report the sale of multiple rifles. In a bid to curb the flow of guns into Mexico, where drug cartels have waged deadly wars to protect their business, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has sought to tighten reporting requirements in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California. Under the proposal, dealers would have to report sales of two or more rifles to the same person at one...
  • NRA to Call for Holder's Resignation Over 'Project Gunrunner' Allegations

    04/29/2011 6:18:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 29, 2011 | William Lajeunesse
    Having deflected questions so far regarding how much he knew about a federal project suspected of allowing guns sold in the U.S. to be illegally smuggled to Mexico, Attorney General Eric Holder is under fire again, this time from the National Rifle Association, a conservative group with a loud voice and influence in Washington. Sources tell Fox News that NRA Executive Director Wayne LaPierre will call for Holder's resignation in a Saturday morning speech at the NRA's annual meeting in Pittsburgh. LaPierre has criticized Holder's handling of "Project Gunrunner." The program of the Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and...
  • How deeply has DHS been involved with 'Project Gunwalker'?

    04/28/2011 5:09:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 27 April, 2011 | Kurt Hofmann
    "Project Gunwalker," the growing scandal in which the Burea of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) deliberately allowed thousands of firearms to be "walked" across the U.S./Mexican border by known gun traffickers, was almost certainly primarily the work of the Department of Justice. The DoJ is the parent department of the BATFE, and DoJ's fingerprints are all over this travesty. Still, this is too big for even the DoJ to have done completely on its own. Sipsey Street Irregular Mike Vanderboegh has been digging deeply into what looks like an administration-wide operation to create the mythical "iron river" of guns...
  • Project Gunrunner update: ATF ignored warnings, DOJ ignores document requests (Michelle Malkin)

    04/21/2011 2:00:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies ^ | April 19, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    Tick, tick, tick. Another Project Gunrunner disclosure deadline approaches for the Obama Department of Justice. And GOP watchdogs are hammering away at yet another stonewall erected by corruptocrat Attorney General Eric Holder. Late last week, Sen. Charles Grassley roasted the DOJ for failing to produce documents he requested in February — and released his own set of damning e-mails between a gun shop owner who had protested the ATF’s dangerous straw purchase scheme repeatedly. Via CBS News’s Sheryl Atkinson: Damning, newly-obtained emails show that a key gun shop owner made explicit concerns in writing last year in the Bureau of...