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  • "Waco" on Paramount channel

    02/07/2018 7:40:27 PM PST · by gop4lyf · 41 replies
    me ^ | 2/7/18 | ME
    I am absolutely floored by the depiction of what happened that is being given in this miniseries. As a kid in high school, I remember this happening. I even live in Texas. I remember watching the news conferences and even watched it burn live on t.v. I am not naive enough to believe the official ATF accounts, but holy cow. The portrayal of the raid is absolutely BRUTAL in showing how the ATF attacked without provocation. I literally cannot believe that the Hollywierd types allowed this to be produced in this way, since they love to lump all religious people...
  • Trump Envisions an A.T.F. Without the A or T

    01/19/2018 2:11:22 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 01/19/2018 | ALI WATKINS and MATT APUZZO
    The Trump administration has drafted plans to strip key authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, senior administration officials said on Friday, an acknowledgment that the agency has all but abandoned its legacy of fighting liquor and tobacco smugglers. The A.T.F. traces its roots to Eliot Ness and the Prohibition-era federal agents made famous in the movie “The Untouchables.” But the modern A.T.F. has focused its stagnant budget on violent crime and bombings, while tobacco smuggling — a little-known crime that costs the government billions in lost taxes each year — goes largely unenforced.
  • ATF Arrests for 2014, 2015, 2016; Four Crimes, Tiny Numbers

    01/15/2018 6:42:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 12 January, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    In a recent Government Accounting Office report to Congress, most have focused on the firearm owners who refuse to commit crimes or fall for stings created by the ATF.Buried in the report is a chart showing how incredibly few legal gun owners are arrested each year for gun violations. The chart shows the number of arrests made in three years, 2014, 2015, and 2016, for four crimes. The number of arrests are tiny, showing how law-abiding gun owners are.The four crimes are these: Dealing firearms without a licenseUnlawful interstate transfer of firearmsSale to prohibited individualProhibited person in possession of...
  • GAO Agents Tried 72 Times, Failed to Buy Guns on the (Normie) Internet

    01/06/2018 7:26:07 AM PST · by Simon Green · 32 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/05/18 | Ed Krayewski
    Government Accountability Office employees posing as sketchy buyers tried and failed in 72 attempts to purchase firearms on the internet, part of a failed investigation called for by a trio of Congressional Democrats. While the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) insisted in its most recent strategic plan, as cited by the GAO, that "the privacy of the Internet makes it an ideal means for gang members, violent criminals, terrorists, and juveniles to traffic and obtain illegal firearms," the new report released by the (GAO) could not corroborate any of it. The GAO did not fare much better...
  • Covert Operation Requested by Anti-Gun Dems to Bust Illegal Internet Sales Comes up Empty

    01/04/2018 11:56:16 AM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 4, 2018
    An investigation requested by two fierce anti-gun members of Congress to determine if firearms are purchased illegally from internet dealers has come up empty. Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren demanded the probe in the aftermath of mass shootings and the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), conducted a lengthy covert operation to try to purchase firearms illegally from internet dealers. All 72 of Congressional investigators’ attempts to purchase a firearm illegally via the surface web were unsuccessful, slamming Cummings’ and Warren’s claims that guns are easily obtained by criminal elements on the internet....
  • Buy Receivers, Assemble Rifles for Shady Characters – Go to Jail

    12/30/2017 6:08:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 December, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Gary Busby has been ordered to report to the federal Bureau of Prisons to start a six and a half year sentence on March 8, 2018. He is 65 years old.He was convicted of one count of dealing in firearms without a license, and four counts of structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements. The press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas says the firearms charge was for conspiracy to illegally manufacture firearms.  The description of the crimes appears to be illegally selling firearms, not manufacturing them.From justice.gov 8 Dec, 2017: DALLAS —...
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions Rescinds 25 Guidance Documents

    12/22/2017 1:38:18 AM PST · by fluorescence · 20 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Office of Public Affairs
    Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that, pursuant to Executive Order 13777 and his November memorandum prohibiting guidance documents, he is rescinding 25 such documents that were unnecessary, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper. In making the announcement, the Attorney General said: “Last month, I ended the longstanding abuse of issuing rules by simply publishing a letter or posting a web page. Congress has provided for a regulatory process in statute, and we are going to follow it. This is good government and prevents confusing the public with improper and wrong advice.” “Therefore, any guidance that is outdated, used to circumvent...
  • Federal agent arrested for taking photos in women's restroom, UW-Madison police say

    12/20/2017 7:20:51 AM PST · by Sopater · 26 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | Dec 20, 2017 | Logan Wroge
    A federal agent was arrested Tuesday for taking pictures in the women’s restroom of a UW-Madison residence hall, the university’s police department said. Justin T. Fahy, of Monona, allegedly went into a bathroom at Witte Residence Hall, 615 W. Johnson St., on Friday afternoon, put his cell phone under an occupied stall and took pictures, police said. The 27-year-old Fahy, who identified himself as a special agent for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), told police it was a misunderstanding and that he mistakenly entered the wrong restroom, said UW police spokesman Marc Lovicott. Ashlee Sherrill,...
  • Murder by the Mile

    11/16/2017 11:20:18 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 30 replies
    Phoenix Magazine ^ | December 2017 | May Phan
    Combine a hitman, a suspicious federal agent, a world-famous graphic novelist and a daredevil journalist and you get a Molotov cocktail of mishaps in Phoenix native and former truck driver Jeffrey Yochim’s pulp thriller. Collateral Crimes (West Wave Publishing, $14.99) chronicles the adventures of novelist and murder witness Jonathan Starker, who hitches a ride to a comic book convention and finds himself on the run from an ATF agent and a ruthless hitman. The story, a slow burner at the start but fast-paced enough to keep readers flipping pages – think murder, truck hijackings and pesky witnesses – grows more...
  • Legal Marijuana Is Becoming the Norm

    10/22/2017 9:47:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 142 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2017 | Steve Chapman
    The war on drugs has been going on since 1971, and we have a winner: marijuana. Back then, possession of pot carried heavy penalties in many states -- even life imprisonment. Today, 29 states sanction medical use of cannabis, and eight allow recreational use. Legal weed has become about as controversial as Powerball. One sign of the shift came in Wednesday's debate among the Democrats running for governor of Illinois. The state didn't get its first medical marijuana dispensary until 2015, and it decriminalized possession of small amounts of pot only last year. But most of the candidates endorsed legalization...
  • Obama and Holder haven't faced justice for Brian Terry's murder

    10/19/2017 7:28:49 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | October 18, 2017 | Jordan Schachtel
    Federal agents caught the last suspect in Terry’s murder this week. Earlier this week, federal agents from both the United States and Mexico apprehended another suspect in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Jesus Rosario Favela Astorga was arrested in Mexico Monday and charged with first-degree murder, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. Astorga is believed to be the final suspect linked to the death of Terry. However, the past administration played a major role in facilitating his tragic demise. Without the dangerous “Fast and Furious” gun-running scheme initiated by Barack Obama’s Justice Department, Agent Terry may...
  • ATF Association: Bump Stocks Do Not Convert Semiautomatics into Automatics

    10/18/2017 8:48:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/18/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    In a letter dated October 12, the ATF Association informed lawmakers that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) approved bump stocks because they do not turn a semiautomatic rifle into “a machine gun.” The letter contains explanations of basic points for lawmakers–like the fact that a semiautomatic only shoots one round each time the trigger is pulled and bump stocks to not change this basic action. And it also seeks to defend the integrity of the ATF by explaining that the body of laws governing machine guns has been in place since 1934 and that body of...
  • Fast and Furious scandal: Last remaining fugitive in border agent's murder arrested

    10/17/2017 3:08:57 AM PDT · by topher · 13 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 17-Oct-2017 | FoxNews
    Mexican law enforcement officers last weekend arrested the man believed to be the final fugitive from the “rip crew” that engaged in a 2010 gunfight between Border Patrol agents that resulted in the death of agent Brian Terry. Jesus Rosario Favela Astorga was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the killing of Terry. "The arrest of Favela Astorga resulted from the unwavering commitment of the United States and our law enforcement partners in Mexico to bring to justice those responsible for the murder of Agent Brian Terry, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country," Alana Robinson, the acting...
  • ATF group rebuffs criticism over bump stock approval

    10/17/2017 8:12:06 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    guns.com ^ | Oct. 17, 2017 | Daniel Terrill
    A Slide Fire bump stock in action. (Photo: Slide Fire/Facebook) The association representing current and former ATF employees has pushed back against critics blaming the agency for approving bump stocks. The ATF Association said the agency “does not have the legal authority to regulate” bump stocks, which allow semi-auto rifles to mimic full-auto fire. “The bump slide, and several other similar after-market accessories that increase the rate at which a shooter can pull the trigger, are engineered to avoid regulation under Federal law,” said Michael Bouchard, ATFA president, in an open letter last week. “The notion that ATF chose not...
  • ATF Explains Bump Fire Stock Approval, Won’t Say if It’s Reconsidering Legality of Device

    10/07/2017 4:02:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 47 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10/7/17 | Stephen Gutowski
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) clarified its role in determining bump fire stocks' classification and legality on Friday but wouldn't say whether it planned to revisit the issue."ATF does not approve items that are submitted for classification," Mary Markos, an ATF public affairs specialist, told the Washington Free Beacon. "ATF provides guidance to the industry and evaluates and classifies items submitted as either being a firearm, an NFA [National Firearms Act] firearm, or not subject to the jurisdiction of ATF."Markos said the classification process at the ATF is initiated when a company voluntarily requests guidance from...
  • Bump-Stock Device Received ATF Green Light During Obama Administration

    10/04/2017 4:35:19 PM PDT · by Phil V. · 10 replies
    Political forum . com ^ | 2017/10/04 | JakeJ
    As the Democrats and media left rage about the NRA and Republicans over Las Vegas, these are the REAL facts: 1. The bump stock was outlawed under President Bush in 2005. 2. The Obama Administration reversed this decision legalizing bump stocks in 2010. 3. There was NO lobbying effort by the NRA, Republicans or conservatives for legalizing bump stocks. This was team Obama's decision.
  • Bump-Stock Device Received ATF Green Light During Obama Administration

    10/04/2017 4:30:02 PM PDT · by PROCON · 18 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Oct. 4, 2017 | Susan Jones
    This photo, taken from a video posted on the Slide Fire website, shows the after-market bump stock device, which uses the gun's recoil to cause rapid discharge of bullets. (CNSNews.com) - On June 7, 2010 -- about a year and a half into the Barack Obama administration -- the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issued an opinion letter, giving the go-ahead to an after-market accessory that allows the user to “bump fire” a semi-automatic rifle. A company called Slide Fire had earlier sent its patented replacement shoulder stock to ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch, asking for an evaluation of...
  • A Silencer on a Muzzleloader is not a Gun

    10/02/2017 5:06:27 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 1 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/2/2017 | R Fargo
    SilencerCo's Maxim 50 suppressed muzzleloader caused a hoot on the internet. A gun with a silencer that doesn’t require ANY paperwork? One that can be MAILED to a buyer’s house, WITHOUT A BACKGROUND CHECK? Yup, pretty much. CNN reports that the Maxim 50 has the ATF’s blessing . . Silencers are subject to federal gun control laws that are more restrictive than for most guns. They are treated like machine guns, requiring a more intensive background check that takes months to process, with a $200 tax. But muzzleloaders are not subject to federal gun control laws because they use antiquated...
  • ‘More and more unusual’: Tunnels, wiring, chemicals found at Bethesda house fire site

    09/27/2017 4:58:08 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 37 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | September 26, 2017 6:01 pm | Megan Cloherty | @ClohertyWTOP
    Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire rapidly, said Montgomery County Fire Battalion Chief Dan Ogren. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service) WASHINGTON — Investigators are still working to find what caused a house fire that killed a man in Bethesda earlier this month. But the investigation is far from routine after investigators found tunnels, chemicals and wiring in the basement. “The conditions in the basement became more and more unusual as the investigation went on,” Montgomery County Fire Chief Dan Ogren said Tuesday in describing the site of the house fire on Danbury Road. Firefighters responded at around...
  • Houston man charged with trying to plant bomb at Confederate statue in Hermann Park

    08/22/2017 2:28:41 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 16 replies
    Chron ^ | Monday, August 21, 2017 | St. John Barned-Smith, Andrew Kragie, and Keri Blakinger
    The park ranger spotted him kneeling in the bushes by the 112-year-old Confederate statue, explosives in hand. Was he trying to harm the statue? she asked. Yes, he said. He didn't like the guy. The late-night confrontation at the statue of Confederate Lt. Dick Dowling — detailed in court records by a federal agent — led to the arrest of 25-year-old Andrew Schneck, setting off a two-day operation by law enforcement that forced the evacuation of the tony Rice University neighborhood where Schneck lives with his parents. Bomb squad experts detonated a cache of high-powered explosives found on the property...