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If the ATF Is Eliminated, Will It Be Good or Bad for Gun Owners?

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This is from The Right To Bear Arms.

I am not sure if the F.B.I. and the D.E.A. could screw up things as bad as the  A.T.F. has screwed things up.

 

If there’s one thing that the government is highly skilled at, it’s creating excessive amounts of bureaucracy and extra layers of red tape for people to jump through.

And Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner is sick of it.

He has recently brought new legislation before Congress that would eliminate the ATF in its entirety, including all 5,000 agents who work for the agency.

The extra duties would be taken up by the FBI as well as the DEA. As Sensenbrenner says:

Washington should be responsible stewards of the American taxpayers’ money. While all too often that is not the case, this is a good government bill to streamline agency activity at DOJ—increasing effectiveness while decreasing cost.

The ATF is a largely duplicative, scandal ridden agency that lacks a clear mission. It is plagued by backlogs, funding gaps, hiring challenges and a lack of leadership. For decades it has been branded by high profile failures.

There is also significant overlap with other agencies. At a time when we are approaching $18 trillion in debt, waste and redundancy within our federal agencies must be addressed. Without a doubt, we can fulfill the role of the ATF more efficiently.

Sensenbrenner said the main reasons he’s introducing the legislation is because there is a need “to eliminate and reduce duplicative functions and waste to the maximum extent possible, and to report to Congress with a detailed plan on how the transition will take place.”

The ATF has been embroiled in scandal over the past few years. These include their involvement with the Fast and Furious scandal to less publicized events such as the role of ATF agents taking advantage of mentally disabled teenagers in the state of Wisconsin.

The incidents in question took place in Sensenbrenner’s home state and included agents forcing the teens to get neck tattoos as well as teaching them how to commit crimes.

Rarely will the elimination of an extraneous government office be a bad thing.

As Sensenbrenner said, “At a time when we are approaching $18 trillion in debt, waste and redundancy within our federal agencies must be addressed… Without a doubt, we can fulfill the role of the ATF more efficiently.”

Yet one must still wonder how the FBI and DEA will handle the “firearms” part of the ATF’s responsibilities. And will it be good or bad for gun owners?

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Dianne Feinstein pushes for semi-automatic rifle import ban based on 45-year-old law

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This is from The Daily Caller.

This evil pile of pig dung keeps trying to disarm law biding gun owners.

Will this pile of pig dung succeeded?

She will if gun owners do not stay vigilant.

 

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is circulating a letter on Capitol Hill calling once again for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and asking for President Barack Obama to keep his State of the Union promise to make 2014 a “year of action.”

Citing the Gun Control Act of 1968, Feinstein states, “In recent years… importers of firearms have taken advantage of ATF’s interpretation of the ‘sporting purposes’ test to evade the import ban.”

The phrase contained in The Gun Control Act of 1968 Feinstein is referencing prohibits the importation of firearms that are not “generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.”  She claims that in recent years firearms importers have taken advantage of ATF’s interpretation of “sporting purposes” to circumvent the ban.

Although Feinstein recognizes that the firearms are designed for civilian use and never manufactured or used by any standing army, she maintained that “many semiautomatic firearms on the market today do not have a military origin but are modeled closely after military firearms.”

To justify the ban, Feinstein cited a study by The Center for Public Integrity and expressed concern regarding international gun-running.

“700 Romanian AK-47 variant rifles were identified in 134 federal gun trafficking prosecutions involving illegal smuggling from the United States to Mexico and other Latin American countries,” she wrote.

The ban would target attributes like “thumbhole stocks” and “semi-automatic rifles with fixed magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds” which would prohibit tube-fed .22 rimfire rifles.

Additionally, rifles and “assault pistols” capable of accommodating detachable magazines with a capacity in excess of 10 rounds would be banned “regardless of the military pedigree of the firearm or the configuration of the firearm’s magazine well.”

Feinstein’s letter does not appear on her Senate.gov page, where constituents can view her other positions.

Read the complete text of the letter, as provided to The Daily Caller:

The President

The White House

Washington, DC  20500

Dear Mr. President:

During your State of the Union address, you stated that you want to make 2014 a “year of action.”  We write to urge you to take immediate action to address the significant number of assault weapons that are being imported into the United States in contravention of federal law.  We respectfully request that you take steps to ensure that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) fully enforces the ban on the importation of these military-style firearms.     

A provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 925(d)(3), prohibits the importation of firearms that are not “generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.”  In recent years, however, importers of firearms have taken advantage of ATF’s interpretation of the “sporting purposes” test to evade the import ban.  In 1998, the Department of the Treasury — which then housed ATF — issued guidance that interpreted the import ban to prohibit only semiautomatic rifles that use magazines originally designed for a military rifle.  Many semiautomatic firearms on the market today do not have a military origin but are modeled closely after military firearms.  These military-style firearms are not prohibited under the current import ban, even though they are functionally equivalent to prohibited rifles with a military origin.  In addition, the Treasury Department’s 1998 guidance allows foreign-made firearms to be imported into the United States without military features, even though these firearms have the capacity to fire multiple times in quick succession without the need to reload and can easily have military features attached.

As a result of the Treasury Department’s unnecessarily restrictive interpretation of the sporting purposes test, imports of military-style weapons have increased dramatically in recent years, helping to fuel deadly gun violence along the Southwest border and in neighboring Mexico.  According to data obtained from the Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission and analyzed by The Center for Public Integrity, 2.96 million rifles and handguns were imported into the United States in 2009, more than double the 1.32 million firearms imported in 2005.  In January of this year, Russia’s Kalashnikov gun maker announced that it plans to sell in the United States up to 200,000 rifles and shotguns, many of which are designed after the Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle.  An analysis by the Violence Policy Center found that more than 700 Romanian AK-47 variant rifles were identified in 134 federal gun trafficking prosecutions involving illegal smuggling from the United States to Mexico and other Latin American countries.

For example, one imported Romanian AK firearm, the WASR-10, was carefully designed to exploit the sporting purposes test and has become a favorite of the gun traffickers that profit by arming Mexican drug trafficking organizations.  The importer of the WASR-10, Century International Arms, circumvents the import ban by taking the following steps:  First, the company imports the inexpensive weapon without any military features, to avoid contravening the ban.  Next, the weapon is disassembled, and American-made parts are added, to make the weapon “American-made,” not “foreign-made.”  The magazine well is also modified to accept higher capacity ammunition magazines.  Finally, assault features — which would be illegal if added to a foreign-made weapon — are added to the now-American-made weapon, rendering the weapon an assault rifle for all practical purposes.  The resulting firearm is then sold on the civilian market, either to be used in violent acts here at home or smuggled across the border into Mexico.

WASR-10s have repeatedly been found in the arsenals of top drug kingpins and their associates.  For example, at least one WASR-10 was used in May 2008 to kill eight police officers in Culiacan, Mexico, a city in the northwestern part of the country.  An analysis conducted by The Center for Public Integrity found that, over the last four years, WASR-10 rifles comprised more than 17% of the firearms recovered at Mexican crime scenes and successfully traced back to the United States.  In all, according to a memorandum by the Council on Foreign Relations published in July 2013, over 70% of the 99,000 weapons recovered by Mexican law enforcement since 2007 were traced to U.S. manufacturers and importers.

We urge ATF to close the loopholes that allow the importation of military-style weapons into the United States.  Such an approach should, at a minimum:

  • Prohibit importation of all semiautomatic rifles that can accept, or be readily converted to accept, a large capacity ammunition magazine of more than 10 rounds, regardless of the military pedigree of the firearm or the configuration of the firearm’s magazine well;
  • Prohibit semiautomatic rifles with fixed magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds;
  • Prohibit the importation of the frame or receiver of any prohibited rifle, regardless of whether it is incorporated into a fully manufactured firearm;
  • Prohibit the practice of importing assault rifles in parts and then constructing the rifles once they are in the United States by adding the requisite number of American-made parts;
  • Prohibit the use of a “thumbhole” stock as a means to avoid classification of a rifle as an assault rifle; and
  • Prohibit the importation of assault pistols, in addition to assault rifles.

 We urge you to review enforcement of the sporting purposes test and take the necessary regulatory steps to stop the importation of all military-style, non-sporting firearms, and the assembly of those firearms from imported parts.  We have endured too many funerals and mourned the loss of too many innocent lives to accept less than full enforcement of the import ban.  Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/20/dianne-feinstein-pushes-for-semi-automatic-rifle-import-ban-based-on-45-year-old-law/#ixzz2wYqFyDBi

Reining in the ATF for American gun owners

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This is from The Daily Caller.

How many peoples lives and how many peoples businesses have

been ruined by the ATF?

Alcohol,Tobacco,Firearms and Explosives should be the corner

convenience store not a government agency. 

 

A recently revealed chain of “rogue” Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) sting operations have led to the exposure of many concerns about the agency’s intentions and doubts about their integrity. Investigators uncovered the use of deplorable tactics, including the exploitation of the mentally disabled to boost arrest numbers. It’s hardly been three years since the Fast and Furious scandal broke, and ATF has given the American people yet another glimpse into their true role in President Obama’s anti-gun agenda. Disturbingly, however, these mob-style tactics are just the tip of the iceberg.

The frenzy surrounding the sting operations have captured the attention and alarmed the American public. Equally as troubling though, are the lesser known institutional policies that place unchecked limits on gun rights by targeting the firearms industry with unreasonable reporting requirements, bureaucratic stonewalling, and ever-increasing piles of red-tape. In many cases, law-abiding manufacturers could face the added pressure of fines, license revocation, and even jail time as punishment for routine clerical errors.

These “gotcha” tactics are nothing more than an outright attack on the Second Amendment.

This attempt by the Obama Administration to drive up costs throughout the gun industry will ultimately force many independent and family-owned small firearms businesses – which operate between tighter margins – to close.

Executive overreach like this has made it clear that President Obama sees his agencies as a means to dictate his agenda without congressional approval, but the ATF was calling their own shots long before he was on the scene.

In spite of Congress’ explicit intent for the agency to operate within Second Amendment boundaries, it has taken extreme liberties in unilaterally redefining and inflating the government’s role in the gun industry.

For instance, the ATF weapon testing and review process is particularly bothersome. During this case-by-case examination, manufacturers submit their new products for approval through a system that’s invisible to the public eye and routinely disregards the rule of law.

Georgia gun manufacturer Len Savage learned about the ATF’s schemes first-hand. Nine months after ATF approved his new model for sale and distribution, it sent notice that the decision had been reversed.

The flip-flop cost more than half a million dollars in dropped orders and thousands more in manufactured parts. Savage remarked that it’s common in the firearms business for the agency to “change their mind on a whim,” and called it, “enforcement by ambush.”

To justify the process, ATF claims the freedom to interpret statutory definitions as they see fit.

But considering that some determinations have stretched the legal definition of a “machine gun” to include toy guns and aftermarket shoestrings, it’s audacious that agency bureaucrats exercise this sweeping authority to abuse manufacturers.

In order to restore accountability and install a much-needed sense of oversight and congruity at the ATF, I’ve introduced the Fairness in Firearms Testing Act. This legislation will require ATF to make video recordings of each firearms test and make the footage public to manufacturers. Perhaps most importantly, it will clarify for gun manufacturers the guidelines by which they are evaluated.

We must reign in renegade agencies like the ATF, and put a stop to President Obama’s radical oppression of gun owners. Their initiatives are based on false information, unproven theories, and a complete lack of understanding for firearm ownership.

Safeguarding our Second Amendment rights is of paramount importance, and throughout my tenure in Congress, I have worked – and will continue working – to preserve those rights. Rest assured that I take this responsibility very seriously, and will continue to fight for legislation that enforces a law-abiding citizen’s ability to protect themselves, their families, and respond to public threats.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/24/congressman-phil-gingrey-reigning-in-the-atf-for-american-gun-owners/#ixzz2rZjjqdj9

ATF Ruins the Lives of Disabled Teenagers to Solve a Problem the Bureau Created

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This is from Town Hall.

I am outraged beyond words.

 

If you don’t already know by now, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms can’t even run a store without royally screwing up. Nearly one year ago, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinelreported on an ATF sting gone bad when the bureau tried to catch bad guys by setting up a store. The sting ended in a damaged rent space, $35,000 in stolen goods and with a fully automatic machine gun lost on the city streets.

Now it appears ATF failed during another store front sting and is punishing teenagers they convinced to help them by throwing them in jail. We’re talking about ATF agents convincing mentally disabled kids to get giant squid neck tattoos, having them participate in a sting operation, arresting them for participating and then calling it a success. You can’tmake this up:

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 they took the money and got the ink etched on their necks, tentacles creeping down to their collarbones.

It would be months before the young men learned the whole thing was a setup. The guys running Squid’s were actually undercover ATF agents conducting a sting to get guns away from criminals and drugs off the street.

The tattoos had been sponsored by the U.S. government; advertisements for a fake storefront.

The teens found out as they were arrested and booked into jail.

In an effort to cover their behind for this insane and reckless behavior, ATF has tried to pin failed storefront incidents and the abuse of the disabled on the “this was an isolated incident,” argument. The Sentinel further reports these kinds of incidents are hardly isolated and are happening all over the country.

 Earlier this year when the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel exposed a botched ATF sting in Milwaukee — that included agents hiring a brain-damaged man to promote an undercover storefront and then arresting him forhis work — ATF officials told Congress the failed Milwaukee operation was an isolated case of inadequate supervision.

It wasn’t.

The Journal Sentinel reviewed thousands of pages of court records, police reports and other documents and interviewed dozens of people involved in six ATF operations nationwide that were publicly praised by the ATF in recent years for nabbing violent criminals and making cities safer.

Agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employed rogue tactics similar to those used in Milwaukee in every operation, from Portland, Ore., to Pensacola, Fla.

Among the findings:

¦ ATF agents befriended mentally disabled people to drum up business and later arrested them in at least four cities in addition to Milwaukee. In Wichita, Kan., ATF agents referred to a man with a low IQ as “slow-headed” before deciding to secretly use him as a key cog in their sting. And agents in Albuquerque, N.M., gave a brain-damaged drug addict with little knowledge of weapons a “tutorial” on machine guns, hoping he could find them one.

¦ Agents in several cities opened undercover gun- and drug-buying operations in safe zones near churches and schools, allowed juveniles to come in and play video games and teens to smoke marijuana, and provided alcohol to underage youths. In Portland, attorneys for three teens who were charged said a female agent dressed provocatively, flirted with the boys and encouraged them to bring drugs and weapons to the store to sell.

¦ As they did in Milwaukee, agents in other cities offered sky-high prices for guns, leading suspects to buy firearms at stores and turn around and sell them to undercover agents for a quick profit. In other stings, agents ran fake pawnshops and readily bought stolen items, such as electronics and bikes — no questions asked — spurring burglaries and theft. In Atlanta, agents bought guns that had been stolen just hours earlier, several ripped off from police cars.

You can read about more egregious incidents here. ATF was also teaching people how to illegally saw off shotguns so they could turn around with an arrest for sawing off a shotgun. The same scenario played out with machine gun.

 Guillermo Medel was a heroin addict and drug dealer hoping to make some cash to support his habit when a friend brought him to Jokerz Traderz pawnshop in a strip mall in a working-class neighborhood on San Mateo Blvd. in Albuquerque.

When they asked for a machine gun, Medel thought he had one for them [agents].

One problem: he didn’t know what a machine gun was.

Medel had brain damage. Hit by a drunken driver when he was 7, Medel had spent months in the hospital and never fully recovered.

Agents took advantage of that and his drug addiction when they offered such high prices for guns, Medel’s attorney, Brian Pori, said in court.

Pori told the Journal Sentinel he is “certain that the agents were aware that Guillermo was a drug-addicted, brain-damaged street hustler who never trafficked guns in his life.”

“He wouldn’t know how to use a machine gun to save his ass,” Pori said.

Pori said agents gave Medel a “tutorial” in the back room of the pawnshop to help him distinguish a machine gun from a semiautomatic weapon.

ATF whistleblower John Dodson talks all about ATF’s habit of creating a problem in order to solve it in his new book , The Unarmed Truth: My Fight to Blow the Whistle and Expose Fast and Furious, Dodson describes these types of situations as, “government bureaucracies manufacturing problems so they could take credit for solving them.”

Newly minted ATF Direct B. Todd Jones is refusing to comment on these cases despite promising before his confirmation that he would clean up the agency.

This post has been updated.

The next gun grab: ATF 41P targets NFA Trusts … The comment period is open.

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This is from Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership.

If you know anyone with a NFA trust tell them about this.

This Chicago thug thinks he is unstoppable.

Sadly the gutless nutless Establishment Republicans will

not fight Obama.

That has been proven time after time.

 

INTRODUCTION: The proposals outlined in ATF 41P (that the Obama Administration wants implemented by the end of the year) will require anyone using an NFA Trust to submit fingerprints, be photographed, proof of citizenship, and obtain their local Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO)’s approval for EVERY NFA item they purchase or transfer. For many, the CLEO requirement will be a defacto ban on NFA items in their jurisdiction, because many CLEOs simply refuse to sign off on any NFA transfers.

It is understood that the NFA community represents a minority of gun owners, but we should all be opposed to this. It’s just another attempt to keep chipping away at our rights. They may be coming for us today, but they will be coming for you tomorrow. No one should have an “It’s not MY problem” attitude toward this. As a citizen, you have until December 9, 2013 to officially voice your opposition. After that, no further comments will be allowed. Completing the following steps is the best way for an individual to make an impact:

1. Go to regulations.gov
2. Search “ATF 41P”
3. Click on the comment box and leave your opinion

The best way to make a positive impact is to make intelligent, well informed comments, as these will be considered when the ATF decides how/if they will implement the policy. Talk about how this will cost jobs of thousands in the silencer industry or how the CLEO requirement takes away valuable resources from local law enforcement. We can stop this if enough people throw their weight into it.
(Please read all of David Goldman’s article below)

 

Gun Trust Lawyer®, By David M. Goldman, Comments to ATF 41P, October 18th, 2013
Article Source

 

While many people will be waiting to the last-minute to file their comments to 41P, we felt that it was important to file something sooner to provide our clients and readers some guidance on preparing comments. We have created a webpage which contains our comments, exhibits, as well as a copy of 41P as published in the registry. As the comments and exhibits are over 140 pages we have included an index to the comments to help you find the information in which you have the most interst.

While we are very familiar with the NFA and ATF, administrative rule making is not something that we deal with. It is for this reason and to make sure we preserve the right to appeal any outcome that we have hired Tom Odom at the Firearms Industry Consulting Group. They are one of the fine lawyers that we work with around the country. If you are looking to have a professionally written response tailored to your involvement or objectives, I would highly recommend contacting us or them and we would be happy to help with the process.

With the exception of ATF’s proposal to add new section 479.90 with respect to decedents’ estates, David M. Goldman opposes the remainder of the proposed rule making for the reasons set forth below and in the Exhibits to these Comments incorporated herein by reference.

  • Part I, below, demonstrates that ATF failed to identify any problem for its proposed rule to correct. ATF neither quantified any benefits from its proposed rule (pages 2-5), likely because the proposal predominantly addresses conduct that is already criminalized, nor identified a single example that illustrates the problem that it speculates may exist (pages 5-13). Indeed, there is scant evidence of misuse of registered NFA firearms (pages 13-14).
  • Part II illustrates that trusts serve many legitimate purposes (pages 14-21), establish distinct roles with very different powers with respect to trust assets (pages 21-26), and arise in varied contexts, some of which should ameliorate concerns regarding potential misuse (pages 26-29), but that ATF has not considered these distinctions in formulating its proposed rule. Some trusts specifically designed to hold NFA firearms have numerous safeguards against improper transfer of trust assets that may be more effective than anything ATF proposes yet ATF failed to acknowledge such provisions or explain why some combination of them would be inadequate (pages 29-32).
  • Part III explains how the CLEO certification requirement renders the proposed rule unworkable and demonstrates the need to abandon the certification for individuals as well as legal entities (pages 33-41).
  • Part IV documents ATF’s underestimate of the cost of its proposed rule due to understated costs (pages 42-45) as well as omitting altogether lost tax revenue (pages 45-46) and the cost of hearing loss attributable to the greater unavailability of silencers (pages 46-48).
  • Part V details the many less-intrusive alternatives that ATF failed to consider in formulating its proposed rule (pages 48-54), including a more-limited concept of responsible persons and use of modern methods of conducting background checks.

In addition, there are 90 pages of exhibits. If you are looking to review the materials or provide them to others to review, I would ask that you link to this article or the 41P page which is located at – http://www.GunTrustLawyer.com/41p.html – on our website so that the latest version will be available to those who look. As ATF is not doing anything with comments because of the shutdown, we may hold off on filing our response, but wanted to let others review, comment and use it to help in their responses.

 

Gun Trust Lawyer®, David Goldman’s Comments to 41P

Below are links to the draft versions of our comments and exhibits that are going to be filed in response to ATF’s 41P. These are being made available to help others prepare their own comments and serve as a guide. In addition, I have included a copy of the proposed rule change.

Guntrustlawyer 41P comments.pdf:
http://www.guntrustlawyer.com/Guntrustlawyer%2041P%20comments2.pdf

GuntrustLawyer Exhibits to 41P.pdf:
http://www.guntrustlawyer.com/GuntrustLawyer%20Exhibits%20to%2041P.pdf

ATF 41P Proposed Rule Change.pdf:
http://www.guntrustlawyer.com/ATF%2041P%20Proposed%20Rule%20Change.pdf

 

 

US: ATF misplaced 420 million cigarettes in stings

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This is from Fox News Politics.

This from the agency that brought you Fast and Furious gun running into Mexico.

This is the same government that is going to efficiently run health care.  

 

WASHINGTON –  Government agents acting without authorization conducted dozens of undercover investigations of illegal tobacco sales, misused some of $162 million in profits from the stings and lost track of at least 420 million cigarettes, the Justice Department‘s inspector general said Wednesday.

In one case, agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sold $15 million in cigarettes and later turned over $4.9 million in profits from the sales to a confidential informant — even though the agency did not properly account for the transaction.

The ATF’s newly appointed director, B. Todd Jones, said the audit covered only selected, “historical” ATF investigations between 2006 and 2011, and said the agency had tightened its internal guidelines since then.

The audit described widespread lack of ATF oversight and inadequate paperwork in the agency’s “churning investigations,” undercover operations that use proceeds from illicit cigarette sales to pay for the ATF’s costs. The audit came as a new blow to a beleaguered agency still reeling from congressional inquiries into the ATF’s flawed handling of the Operation Fast and Furious weapons tracking probes in Mexico.

“ATF’s guidance regarding churning investigations lacked breadth and specificity, and managers at ATF headquarters as well as managers and special agents at ATF field offices often disregarded it,” Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz wrote in the 53-page audit.

The inspector general recommended tightened ATF procedures for documenting, tracking and reviewing proceeds from its undercover tobacco stings.

Jones said the agency has adopted most of those guidelines. While accepting responsibility for “management and oversight lapses that allowed those deficiencies to develop,” he insisted that “the report’s findings do not reflect current ATF policy or practice in this area.”

In a written response, Horowitz approved the ATF’s moves in April 2013 to tighten its standards. Horowitz cautioned that his office “has not been provided evidence to verify the sufficiency of actions taken.”

Reviewing three-dozen ATF undercover cigarette stings between 2006 and 2011, the inspector general found that none of those income-generating probes had been given proper prior approval by an internal ATF review committee, as required by agency policy.

One of those sting operations did not have any approval, either from the ATF or the Justice Department. In that 2009 case, ATF officials allowed a tobacco distributor working as an ATF confidential informant to keep $4.9 million in profits from cigarette sales to criminal suspects. ATF officials justified the move by explaining the $4.9 million covered the informant’s expenses. But the inspector general said the agency failed to “require the informant to provide adequate documentation to support or justify those expenses.”

The remaining profits were used by agency officials to pay for a separate ATF cigarette smuggling sting — which the inspector general said violated ATF rules that profits from a “churning investigation” could only be used to fund that specific operation, not other cases.

The inspector general said shoddy documentation and inventory controls made it impossible to account for more than 2.1 million cartons of cigarettes — totaling 420 million cigarettes — during at least 20 separate ATF sting operations. The watchdog estimated the retail value of those items at $127 million.

An ATF spokeswoman disputed the inspector general’s 2.1 million carton tally for cigarettes that could not be accounted for during the inquiry. “In contrast to the OIG auditors’ numbers, ATF’s reconstructive inventory showed only 447,218 cartons that were not reconciled because of insufficient documentation,” said ATF spokeswoman Ginger Colbrun.

The inspector general noted the ATF’s different cigarette inventory numbers in its report, but added that “we do not believe the results of the ATF’s review are comparable to the OIG review.”

 

NICS Operations Stats Too Horrible to Believe

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This is from AmmoLand.

Comparing the NICS Operations to The Keystone Cops

is an insult to The Keystone Cops.

The Keystone Cops were meant to be funny.

The NICS Operations were meant to be serious and

prevent criminals from buying guns.

Now we are suppose the enhanced background checks

will work better.

 

 

Keystone NICS Cops

Keystone NICS Cops

 

PHOENIX, AZ-(Ammoland.com)- The lamestream media told you:

Although 90% of Americans suddenly support something called “universal background checks,” which they had never heard of before, now that a madman killed little children in Connecticut, Congress has done nothing.

The checks would have done nothing to save the children, a point on which everyone agrees. Dianne Feinstein’s bill to ban guns Americans already own, which she has been promoting for 20 years, did not even make it to Congress, again. Bills to identify crazy people have not been introduced. Or drafted.

Sen. Schumer’s various modifications of Feinstein’s bill, as well as bills of his own suffered the same fate, despite overwhelming support. The Manchin-Toomey amendment, which we told you had overwhelming support of 90%, only got 56% support in the Senate and died. The actual contents of the 49-page bill were never reported in any lamestream “news” outlet, not even the fair and balanced one. It was described in detail in Page Nine: http://www.gunlaws.com/PageNineIndex.htm

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that: I could only find one official study of what goes on between the NICS background-check office, the FBI, the BATFE and the US Attorney’s Office (USAO), which handles prosecution of criminals trying to buy guns at retail and pay sales tax. I hope you didn’t eat a heavy meal, because you’ll have trouble holding it down when you read this. The report was issued in July 2004. http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/ATF/e0406/exec.htm

This is what the media is trying to convince you that 90% of the public supports:

  • In the two years studied (CY 2002-2003), NICS handled 16.7 million background checks.
  • 121,909 people were denied firearms, and the FBI referred these to ATF, who refers them to their Brady Operations Branch, who refers them to their NICS coordinators, who refers them to their ATF division offices, who refers them to their satellite offices or field offices, to see if they meet “USAO prosecutorial guidelines” so they can be brought up on charges of criminals  trying to buy guns.

In other words, just because a person was denied a firearm does not mean the U.S. prosecutors want to go after them. They have to meet guidelines. Most don’t.

Without boring you, most people in the NICS chain-of-command don’t have the guidelines, haven’t been trained, don’t even know there are guidelines (I didn’t, like you, I thought most everyone caught is a criminal). The functionaries don’t have a way to communicate up or down the chain, have cases “without prosecutorial merit” (which is not described) because they just send piles of “captures” over without review. The space they have to make notes on their computer screens is too small for notes.

Typical Keystone Kops procedures plague the system — “increasing the workload of already overburdened field investigators… delaying investigation of prosecutable cases… cases without merit… insufficient resources… insufficient staffing… extensive case backlogs… ” it’s a loooonng list.

  • 7,030 prohibited possessors got firearms because their “delayed” response time periods ran out. ATF agents either did not conduct retrievals, did not do them in a timely fashion, took four months to more than a year, and did not document retrievals so there was no way to tell what happened, if anything.
  • Before trying to retrieve a gun from someone who should not have it, ATF sends a letter telling the person to give it up. Sometimes. They might include a deadline. They might act if there is no response. Or not. They let the person give the gun to anyone, which can include another person who cannot have a gun. Yes, you read that right. In 55% of these cases (from this study) ATF made no records of what happened, and lets the case drop. Only ATF’s high-profile homicides, arson of occupied satructures and gun-smuggling makes the news.

“ATF special agents did not consider most of the prohibited possessors who had obtained guns to be dangerous and therefore did not consider it a priority to retrieve the firearm promptly.” ATF did not track the retrieval process at all.

  • ATF had not conducted a NICS coordinator training conference in years. When it did, 6 of the 17 coordinators showed up.
  • In a sample of 200 denials referred for action, 22 were illegal aliens. These are referred to Dept. of Homeland Security (ICE) and the Brady Operations Center. The ATF division offices “closed these cases without investigation because they did not involve other prohibiting factors.” Illegal alien status is one of the nine enumerated bans specified in statute. ATF has decided not to enforce this law, out of hand.
  • In 36% to 95% of the cases, NICS division field offices provide no feedback to the Brady Ops Branch. Command has little idea what the local offices are up to. “Several of the field office group supervisors told us they did not investigate the majority of the referrals they received.”
  • Between 8% and 35% of denials in the samples were people found not to be prohibited from possessing firearms.
  • Only 154 cases were prosecuted of the 16.7 million checks of the 121,909 denials. ATF had sent only 230 to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, USAO accepted on 185, and then went after only 154. I recall reading somewhere it managed to convict a small handful.

The Washington Post reports that for 2010 (out of more than six million NICS checks):

“In the end, 62 cases were referred for prosecution, but most were declined by prosecutors or dismissed by the court. Out of the original 73,000 denials, there emerge just 13 guilty pleas.” Is this what 90% of the public supports? The Post only ran this online.

What are we paying for the 13 guilty pleas? Is this a good use of limited resources, or does it just make some people feel good, and make anti-rights legislators look good as long as the “news” keeps you in the dark and you don’t know what’s really going on?

“Historically, USAOs have been unsuccessful in achieving convictions in many of these cases and consequently have been unwilling to expend their limited resources on prosecuting most NICS cases.”

Why? The report answers this question about the much ballyhooed NICS system:

“These cases lack ‘jury appeal’ for various reasons.  The factors prohibiting someone from possessing a firearm may have been nonviolent or committed many years ago.  The basis for the prohibition may have been noncriminal (e.g., a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. military).  It is also difficult to prove that the prohibited person was aware of the prohibition and intentionally lied to the FFL [federally licensed dealer].  We were also told that in parts of the United States where hunting historically has been part of the regional culture, juries are reluctant to convict a person who attempted to purchase a hunting rifle.”

The big bottom line is that despite all the BS about background checks, the real reason to increase the system is to register more gun owners. Gun registration is a bad idea. If, like Piers Morgan, you don’t understand why:

http://www.gunlaws.com/gunreggie.htm

(“How does writing my name, or your name, in an FBI book help stop crime?”)

If you really want background checks, they can be done with zero registration, and 10% of the current cost: http://www.gunlaws.com/BIDSvNICS.htm

Books by Alan Korwin: http://tiny.cc/n1zgyw

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Security concerns after 500 pounds of still-missing explosives stolen from federal bunker

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This is from Fox News Politics.

How many more explosives heist’s are we not told about?

I would say the number is mind-blowing.

How many terrorist domestic and foreign have these explosives? 

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Around the same time the nation was transfixed on the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers last month, thieves on the other side of the country pulled off a little-noticed heist — swiping 559 pounds of explosives from a federal storage facility in Montana.

As of Friday, not one ounce of it has been found.

The incident, federal officials believe, was not terrorism-related. But it’s the latest to raise security concerns in an age when authorities are warning about the desire of violence-bent terrorists to inflict mass casualties with bombs.

Rep. Steve Daines, Montana’s only congressman, told FoxNews.com he’s “deeply concerned” about the theft in his state and will be “closely monitoring” the investigation.

The explosives were stolen from a locked U.S. Forest Service bunker near Billings. Thieves took off with various emulsion-type explosives, cast boosters and detonating cord.

Federal officials weren’t able to point to why the explosives were taken and have downplayed what could happen if they fall into the wrong hands. Some in the area — who did not want to be named publicly — believe the facility might have been looted by local miners or by private forestry-related companies that want to bypass buying the explosives legally.

The types of items that were taken are often used in mines, to clear rockslides and construction trails, and to blow up animal carcasses. Strapping sticks of dynamite to a dead animal is a common method used in the region to dispose of the bodies. When animals — like elk or horses — start decomposing, the scent attracts bigger animals like bears to populated areas.

Carbon County Sheriff Thomas Rieger told FoxNews.com his office is working with federal authorities to find the culprit but admits it’s disturbing to think that someone walked off with hundreds of pounds of bomb-making material.

“We still don’t have any idea who done it,” Rieger said, adding, “It’s under a full investigation.”

Daines, a member of the Homeland Security Committee, said he’s looking into the investigation and it’s “critical that the USFS, ATF and local law enforcement find answers about how the security of this site was breached and work to strengthen the security measures for these storage sites to ensure that a theft like this does not happen again.”

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Brad Beyersdorf said the agency is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the incident. Stealing explosives and possession of stolen explosives is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. To date, there have been no arrests made in connection to the case, though the Billings Gazette reports that the ATF is chasing some recent leads.

While Beyersdorf stressed that security at ATF-affiliated facilities in the country is tight, there have been an alarming amount of explosives lost from private sites over the past decade.

On Aug. 11, 2011, Travis McQueen broke into storage units at the Buckley Powder Company in Cass County, Neb., and stole 100 pounds of blasting agents, two cases of boosters and 3,000 feet of detonating cord. Authorities in the eastern Nebraska area put up flyers asking residents for help in cracking the case. An anonymous caller led federal agents to McQueen. Soon thereafter, authorities arrested Christopher Bousman in connection to the crime.

According to court records, McQueen stole the explosives and asked Bousman to help get rid of them. The two dumped the bulk of the stolen property into the Missouri and Platte rivers. McQueen was sentenced to 63 months in prison. On Monday, an Omaha federal judge sentenced Bousman to 18 months behind bars followed by three years of supervised release, Criminal Chief Jan Sharp told FoxNews.com.

Not much of the blasting agent was recovered after it was thrown into the river, Sharp said. The incident is the only sizeable theft of this nature in Nebraska.

In 2005, massive amounts of stolen explosives were also found after they went missing from the Cherry Engineering storage site near Albuquerque, N.M. ATF agents recovered 150 pounds of C-4 explosives, 250 pounds of sheet explosives, 20,000 feet of detonator cord and 2,500 blasting caps.

Federal authorities at the time said they didn’t know what the thieves planned to do with the material but did say the amount that went missing was enough to flatten a large building. Most of the explosives eventually turned up in Bloomfield and Ignacio.

The problem of stolen dynamite isn’t just a domestic one.

Missing explosives and other weapons made in the U.S. or under the guard of U.S. security forces, have mysteriously disappeared from multiple locations across the world — most recently in Kuwait. The Interior Ministry said last month thieves broke into an unguarded warehouse and took 20,000 U.S.-origin M-16 assault rifles. Also lifted were 15,000 rounds of ammunition for 9mm pistols. According to Middle East Newsline, thieves broke down three doors before clearing out all the contents in the warehouse.

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ATF Seeks ‘Massive’ Database of Personal Info: ‘Assets, Relatives, Associates and More’

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This is from CNSNews.

America you had better wake up.

Shades of George Orwell’s 1984.

Big brother and Big Sis are watching and plotting.

 

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.”

The system is described as a “massive online data repository system that contains a wide variety of data sources both historically and current that can be utilized in support of investigations and backgrounds.”

The overview of the solicitation states:

Staff will utilize “a number of internal databases as well as external sources to provide timely and relevant information and intelligence products to law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels.”

The system “provides a means to rapidly check records across the country” and is “necessary in assisting investigators, agents and analyst to find people, their assets, relatives, associates and more.”

The ATF says they will use this system to provide information to Intelligence Analysts, Special Agents, Inspectors, Financial Investigators and Law Enforcement.

The investigative system will allow ATF to “obtain exact matches from partial source data searches such as, incomplete social security numbers, address, VIN numbers, etc.”

The system will also have the ability to “link structured and unstructured data to find connection points between two or more individuals.”

 

ATF classifies Chore Boy pot scrubber pads NFA firearms Continue reading on Examiner.com ATF classifies Chore Boy pot scrubber pads NFA firearms

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This is by David Codrea in the National Gun Examiner.

I will say you are kidding me I hope.
 
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Firearms Technology Branch has deemed “Chore Boy copper cleaning pads, along with fiberglass insulation,” a firearm, subject to registration and a $200 transfer tax, an official letter obtained recently by Gun Rights Examiner reveals.  The response to an attorney inquiry by John R. Spencer, Chief, Firearms Technology Branch, offers one of the more creatively restrictive assessments since ATF declared a shoestring to be a machinegun.
The rationale Spencer uses:
A silencer is a firearm per U.S. Code, subject to National Firearms Act registration and transfer tax requirements.
“[S]ound/gas absorbing materials manufactured from Chore Boy copper cleaning pads, along with fiberglass insulation, constitute a silencer…”
Therefore, it is illegal for an individual to replace deteriorated material within an already- registered suppressor without an approved ATF Form 1, ‘Application to Make and Register a Firearm,’” along with a “$200.00 making tax” and “a ‘no-marking’ variance…since there is no viable area in which to apply a serial number to the sound-absorbing material.”
And further, an otherwise-lawful owner of a registered silencer probably ought to find something else to clean pots and pans with, as possession of an unspecified quantity of Chore Boy cleaning pads could be considered a “stockpile.”
The letter is presented in the slideshow accompanying this column. The name and address of the recipient attorney has been blacked out because his office was not the source providing the letter to Gun Rights Examiner.

Continue reading on Examiner.com ATF classifies Chore Boy pot scrubber pads NFA firearms – National gun rights | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/atf-classifies-chore-boy-pot-scrubber-pads-nfa-firearms#ixzz1dthIfRZO

 

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