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Fast & Furious, the laughably described “failed sting operation” run by the bumbling ATF and Eric Holder’s Justice Department resulted in the deaths of dozens of Mexican nationals and US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. That we know of. Now chicagotribune.com reports that Nadir Soofi, one of the shooters in the spectacular failure that was the attack on a Garland, Texas “draw Muhammad” cartoon contest, bought a Fast and Furious gun, too . . .

Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9-millimeter pistol.

At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known among gun smugglers for selling illegal firearms. And with Soofi’s history of misdemeanor drug and assault charges, there was a chance his purchase might raise red flags in the federal screening process.

Inside the store, he fudged some facts on the form required of would-be gun buyers.

Fudged? Translation: he lied on his 4473 form and got his gun.

It’s been a rough go for the NICS check system lately, no? There was Dylann Roof and his drug bust. And the involuntarily committed John Houser. Now this:

Soofi’s attempt to buy a gun caught the attention of authorities, who slapped a seven-day hold on the transaction, according to his Feb. 24, 2010, firearms transaction record, which was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. Then, for reasons that remain unclear, the hold was lifted after 24 hours, and Soofi got the 9-millimeter.

So the ATF smelled a rat, but still let Soofi have the gun anyway. We already know that Justice doesn’t have time to prosecute anyone who lies on their 4473 background check form. So tell us again why we go through that particular security theater exercise again.

It’s almost as if the government isn’t capable of reliably maintaining and using a simple data base and background check system. That, or Soofi was deliberately allowed to buy the gun despite his criminal history as part of the feds’ “sting operation.” Which was it? You make the call. Neither reflects particularly well on anyone in the .gov’s Rube Goldberg regulatory apparatus.

The FBI so far has refused to release any details, including serial numbers, about the weapons used in Garland by Soofi and (Elton) Simpson. Senate investigators are now pressing law enforcement agencies for answers, raising the chilling possibility that a gun sold during the botched Fast and Furious operation ended up being used in a terrorist attack against Americans.

So we don’t know for sure if Soofi used the Fast & Furious gun he illegally bought during the Garland attack. But if he didn’t, why would the FBI be so slow to release the details of the firearms used? Don’t expect answers any time soon.

Asked recently for an update on the Garland shooting, FBI Director James B. Comey earlier this month declined to comment. “We’re still sorting that out,” he said.

Officials at the Justice Department and the FBI declined to answer questions about whether the 9-millimeter pistol was one of the guns used in the Garland attack or seized at Soofi’s apartment.

It remains unclear whether Soofi’s 2010 visit to Lone Wolf is a bizarre coincidence or a missed opportunity for federal agents to put Soofi on their radar years before his contacts with Islamic extremists brought him to their attention.

We can probably expect the same kind of responsiveness from our public servants here as those trying to get to the bottom of the IRS targeting scandal and Hillary Clinton’s emails have enjoyed. Same as it ever was.

[h/t lowhouse5]

45 Responses to Garland, TX Muhammad Cartoon Shooter Bought Fast & Furious Gun

    • Yeah I would have thought this would have been breaking news myself. But you know that’s okay. As long as the story gets out.

  1. There is only benefit to the state to let this happen.
    I wouldn’t be one bit surprised to see a half dozen CIA agents shoot up a place and blame it on jihadi wannabees.

    • I wouldn’t be one bit surprised to see a half dozen CIA agents shoot up a place and blame it on tea Party wannabees.

      • That hardly seems necessary, since there seems to be no shortage of actual Muslims willing to carry out attacks themselves.

  2. Good to know one of the aloha snackbars was aided and abetted by holder & Co. It never ends…

    • + nice when two different types of entrapment work out in our favor where the gov’t baits the quarry out of the protected area, a contest calls the quarry in, and we get to watch local leo’s do God’s work. To all us GOD fearing infidels HOORAH, F-the non-believers.

  3. A nation of laws selectively enforced to serve itself.

    The hope is Comey has the same integrity he used in stopping NSA wiretapping and provide the truth wherever it takes us.

  4. Botched Fast and Furious sting?

    The only thing botched was that the ATF wasn’t able to blame their dumping of untraced weapons in Mexico on Americans right to keep and bear arms.

    The ATF is a lawless and rogue agency, with the stench of corruption to it’s very core.

  5. So, why is it that we don’t have enough supporters in Congress to force this investigation to be undertaken?

    Could it possibly be due to the fact that the RINOs and Leadership of the GOP are in collusion with the Democrats?

  6. So we’re financing terrorists, to the tune of $50 billion released to Iran, which will go straight to Hezbollah.

    Now we’re skipping the middleman and arming the terrorists directly here and in Syria?

    Hastening the destruction of America by funding and arming our enemies. This is what passes for government efficiency.

  7. If you fail the NICS background check, the government should just give you a free Fast & Furious Gun.

    • To get the free Fast and Furious (TM) gun, you must have failed because you used either a Hispanic or Arabic alias on the form.

      You’ve GOT to read the fine print!

  8. Ok sorry TTAG, but you just lost all credibility with me as you should have with ALL people who are sick and tired of all the LIES, Half-Truths, and Wild Exaggerations from BOTH Libetal AND Conservative media sources (yes you are also “the media”).
    The media discovered that apparently people are too ignorant to think for themselves

    • Oops fat fingers…
      Your big bold headline (like the Chicago Tribune) saying the gun WAS a fast and furious gun is total BS at this point since both media sources to their credit do mention in the small print that there is no evidence to support your statement of fact on your story headline. VERY disappointed you are stooping to their level and canceling my subscription.

        • LOL! Good one Ralph! Will be checking my mailbox 🙂 Appreciate the good laugh, I needed that! I need a short R&R from the battleground of life, been WAY too serious and uptight lately.
          Thanks!

      • The New York Daily News, Breitbart News, and the LA Times are all reporting the same thing now. Think of all the money you are going to save with cancelled subscriptions. Might I suggest that you use your new found money on a gym membership to work on your fingers as you seem to be self conscious about the size of them. 🙂

        • Ya, those weapons (sone of them a large part of the dwindling supply of “transferable” fully-automatic weapons in the US) DIDN’t go anywhere or to anyone nefarious.

          BUT WOULD STILL BE ILLEGAL UNDER CURRENT FED. REGS.

  9. Houser was NOT involuntarily committed, which is why he was not in the system. Voluntary commitments are not disqualifying. He was subjected to an involuntary assessment hold (which is not disqualifying, at least not permanently), but voluntarily agreed to stay after the hold expired.

  10. To think we could have impeached this a-hole by now and been done with him for a solid year. But no, that would have ‘destroyed political careers’ or some such bullshit. A gun-running President who sics the tax-man on his enemies, and a shadow-war waging international arms dealer for a Secretary of State (who with her husband, basically bought the nation of Haiti after the earthquake, under the guise of charity). Change we can believe in.

  11. I’ve been buying firearms from Lone Wolf for almost 20 years. I hate seeing them mentioned in articles like this. They are good people who follow all the laws.

  12. Clearly the NICS process is underfunded and needs some teeth in order to keep unqualified ammosexuals from obtaining firearms.

    • Clearly you are delusional as evidenced by your selection of “God” as a screen name.
      Just go troll somewhere else and let the adults talk.

    • so, even god goes full retard. The fascisexual admin in dc, which god supports, committs a whole string of felonies to allow people that shouldn’t have guns to get them. And this is somehow the fault of us repressed ammosexuals.

      Nigga, please.

      • I hope god lives long enough to see GOD, although i would not like to be an actual witness to the reunion. GOD may not splatter god but there will likely be sexual tyrannosaur urine flyin around.

        • NICS, i believe, self times-out of a hold (release of the weapon without the issuance of a proceed) in 72hrs.
          FFLs?

    • Its obvious that TTAG is starting to rattle some people in the StateRunMedia, and the left-wing-agitprop machine that feeds it- embedded journolistas and wannabes writing for pay to plant anti-gun baloney in Raw Story, Rolling Stones, and now Bloomturn has a brand new plaything, for fake news in TRACE.

      Its been commonly understood that various non-profit social justice.orgs like OFA, and others hire people to post in forums to distract and further spread FUD, and DISQUS is a good example of the same effect.

      So a proliferation of obvious trolls here at TTAG is only following the same pattern at other popular blogs and sites with independent thinking and pro-2A civil rights, pjmedia, breitbart, spreading out from their home bases at NYT and WAPO.

      So, God welcome. We expect a little higher level of nitwittery, however, if anyone is going to pay you much mind, beyond the casual b1tchslap you deserve, otherwise. Support your argument with facts, and lay off the stupid ad hominems, and loony left talking points, if you can.

  13. In a civilized society, Eric Holder’s bones would be hanging from a tree, picked clean by carrion eaters.

  14. Still no answers, but at least we know have reason to believe that at least one of the firearms used in the Paris attacks was also a F&F gun.

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