I’ve made no secret of my antipathy to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (and really big fires). Not to put too fine a point on it, the ATF is a waste of over a billion U.S. tax dollars. As someone who monitors gun stories in his sleep (PING!), I get the impression that every time the ATF busts someone they do so in conjunction with a local, state, tribal or federal law enforcement agency (of which we have many). Which leads me to wonder: did the other agency really need the ATF or did the ATF muscle-in on the action? To be fair, here’s a report from nola.com where the ATF came to the rescue of the Covington LA police. Well, an ATF dog. Wait, that backs up my point. Anyway . . .

Covington’s SWAT team then entered the home and found shell casings in and around the home and bullet holes in the walls of the building as well as in the wall of a neighboring home, West said. However, they could not find the gun that fired the shots until the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was called and a specially trained dog was used to find a .38-caliber revolver that had been hidden in the backyard, he said.

Police arrested the man, 37-year-old Kyenadia Tyree White, and booked him with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, resisting arrest, illegally discharging a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was also booked on warrants for domestic abuse of a pregnant woman, two counts of domestic battery, driving under suspension, hit and run, reckless driving and aggravated flight from an officer.

I’m surprised the ATF didn’t put White away before. Or someone.

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