When three rusty rifles were found in the desert in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, south of Tucson on the Mexican border, the local sheriff wondered if they might be some of the two thousand or so guns the ATF let walk out of area gun stores bound for Mexican narco-traffickers. Even Carlos Canino, ATF assistant special agent in charge of the Phoenix field division thought it was plausible. “‘It’s not unreasonable’ to think that some random guns found in the desert might be part of the Fast and Furious program, Canino says. ‘It’s not over. It is what is — these guns are out there.’” Do tell. But the sheriff needn’t have worried . . .
Canino sent some ATF boys from Phoenix down to check out the dusty artifacts.
The agents confirmed what seemed to be a long shot, anyway: That the three assault rifles, found by a hiker in Madera County, definitely were not some of the guns ATF “walked” as part of its misguided program.
Well that’s comforting, right? More F&F guns found on this side of the border might have been embarrassing.
The three guns found on June 20 about 20 miles from the Arizona-Mexico border included a Chinese SKS, and AK-47s of Russian and Egyptian manufacture. After the trace was performed yesterday, the ATF found that one of the guns had been stolen in Phoenix — back in 1995.
Canino says the agency isn’t positive where the other two came from, but that he’s “100-percent certain” they weren’t from Fast and Furious.
OK then. We’re not quite as reassured as we hoped we’d be, but as agent Canino says, it is what it is. And today’s a holiday, anyway. So while we don’t know what the sheriff intends to do with the rusted junk, we can think of one organization that would be more than happy to take them off his hands.