“The director of the Federal Air Marshal Service [FAMS] is resigning after being investigated for his role in an alleged operation to acquire guns for officials’ personal use, FoxNews.com has learned. Director Robert Bray’s home was raided in December in connection with the ongoing probe. Law enforcement and congressional sources told FoxNews.com that Bray’s recently announced resignation, which is effective in June, is directly related to the investigation. Bray allegedly is among several officials who were obtaining weapons through this operation.” Here’s how the FAMS jefe’s straw purchasing scam went down . . .
[Bray] is accused of using the agency’s federal firearms license and his relationship with gun manufacturer Sig Sauer to obtain discounted and free guns. He then provided them to high-up agency officials for their personal use, according to whistleblower documents obtained by FoxNews.com and interviews with multiple officials with knowledge of the ongoing probe.
It is unclear, based on the allegations, whether he made money off the alleged transactions, and how many guns were involved.
Equally, there’s no mention of what kind of guns are involved. Class 3 fully automatic “assault rifles”? Or your basic FAMS-standard SIG SAUER P229? Enquiring minds fed up with the Obama administration’s vilification of “weapons of war on our streets” and relentless crusade for civilian disarmament want to know.
Meanwhile, Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., chairman of the House Homeland Security transportation security subcommittee told Fox he’s pissed that the FAMS and the TSA (also implicated) somehow forgot to mention the illegal activity to Congress, as required.
The document detailing the allegations — written by a whistleblower and circulated among some employees — claimed that Poulos, at the Washington Field Office, is “under an active investigation by the DHS IG” for using his FAMS license to buy guns “from Sig Sauer for the FAMS Director, senior TSA/FAMS staff and a few Federal Air Marshals at a discounted ‘FAMS Agency’ rate.”
The [whistleblower] document further said “some of these weapons may not fully be accounted for or some stolen — thus the reason for the DHS IG [Department of Homeland Security Inspector General] to want photos of the serial numbers [of all FAMS agents’ guns].”
Sources and documents say that the director’s home was raided on Dec. 26, 2013 and at least one gun was seized that was allegedly connected to the gun operation.
It was none other than the ATF that raided Bray’s house on Boxing Day. Strangely, Bray filed a police report after the raid reporting the weapon stolen — even though the ATF seized the gun during the operation. I’m guessing Bray was confident that the ATF would keep the raid secret from Congress and other law enforcement agencies. Imagine that.
Documents obtained by FoxNews.com also claim the ongoing investigation “is being conducted quietly to keep Congress in the dark on the gross mismanagement and misdeeds that the FAMS senior management staff have perpetrated for several years.”
Just more proof that the Federal government is too big. There are too many law enforcement agencies spending too much money without any oversight, accomplishing little while trampling Americans’ natural, civil and constitutional right to keep and bear arms, even as top bureaucrats flout the rule of law, avoid personal accountability and line their own pockets. I’ve got one word for these runaway agencies: consolidation. Leading to extinction.