BREAKING: DOJ Fast & Furious Friday Document Dump

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry (courtesy bizpacreview.com)

“The U.S. Department of Justice released thousands of subpoenaed documents about the controversial ‘Operation Fast and Furious’ gun trafficking investigation to a congressional committee on Friday,” Reuters reports. “The operation was a failed effort between 2009 and 2011 to stop gun smuggling across the United States’ southwestern border by the department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and federal prosecutors in Arizona.” So much for reporting. The “gun smuggling to stop gun smuggling” justification was revealed as nothing more than a cover story the moment ATF Agent Dobson testified that he’d been ordered to stop following a known gun smuggler smuggling guns. To let the guns walk (hence the scandal’s “Gunwalker” nickname). The question is . . .

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Form 1 SBR ‘Manufacturing’ May Become Legal in WA

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Washington State residents were surprised to find that the ATF was denying their Form 1 applications to build short barrel rifles. As discussed here, this was due to what most assumed was an oversight in the 2014 law that first legalized SBR ownership in WA. It basically seemed like the word “manufacture” or “make” was simply forgotten from the list of approved actions — possess, transport, acquire, transfer — a Washington resident could now do with an SBR. Well, on March 9th a bill was delivered to the governor’s desk for signature that would change this . . .

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Deadline for Fast & Furious Docs Passes. Where’s the Info?

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“On Jan. 19, federal Judge Amy Berman—an Obama appointee—ordered the administration to produce the [ATF’s Fast & Furious gun running] documents demanded,” the NRA’s americas1stfreedom.org reminds us. “The deadline Berman set for the administration to comply was this past Tuesday, Feb. 2.” And . . . ? Crickets chirping. I wouldn’t hold my breath for news of the big reveal. As we reported, Judge Berman . . .

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Do You Need to Engrave Your Form 1’ed SBR?

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[UPDATE] This article seems to have stirred up some controversy. I asked the ATF a straightforward question, and reported truthfully on the answer I received. It seems that a number of people are annoyed that the answer I got doesn’t match their preconceived notions and goes against their own readings of the law, and as a result are starting to attack me personally over this article. Here’s the thing: I can only report the truth. This is exactly what the ATF told me. As always, I am not a lawyer and this does not constitute legal advice, so if you are concerned feel free to contact one before taking any actions.

It seems like short barreled rifles are all the rage these days. Ever since the advent of the gun trust and ATF’s eForms it has never been easier to register your firearm as an NFA device and chop down the barrel as low as it can go. There’s just one problem: the marking requirement. Ask three people whether you need to engrave your information on your newly registered NFA device and you’ll get three different answers. In an effort to sort out the confusion I asked the ATF directly, and their response actually made perfect sense . . .

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Mexicans Find ATF-Enabled .50 Cal At “El Chapo’s” Hideout

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Yesterday, a federal judge struck down President Obama’s claim of Executive Privilege over documents related to operation Fast and Furious – the ATF program that allowed Mexican drug thugs to purchase firearms at U.S. gun stores. Today we learn that “A .50-caliber rifle found at Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s hideout in Mexico was funneled through the gun-smuggling investigation known as Fast and Furious, sources confirmed Tuesday to Fox News.” The information is potentially explosive – although the mainstream media doesn’t get it. Here’s why . . .

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BREAKING: Federal Judge Rejects Obama’s Executive Privilege Claim for Operation Fast & Furious Docs

politco.com reports that “U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled Tuesday that the Justice Department’s public disclosures about its response to the so-called “gun walking” controversy [a.k.a., Operation Fast & Furious] undercut Obama’s executive privilege claim.” Translation: that train has left the station. Executive privilege this. Hand over the documents, bub. We’re talking about the docs that . . .

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What The GAO Report on Mexican Guns Doesn’t Tell You, And What That Tells You

The Government Accounting Office (GAO) recently released a report on guns confiscated by the Mexican police and military, submitted to the ATF for tracing. As RF reported, the document is deeply flawed — by the government’s own admission. For one thing, the GAO report was careful to mention they have no idea of the total number of guns seized by the Mexican government over the time period covered (2009-2014). Also obvious by its absence: a range of data that the ATF must have recorded to run their trace . . .

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U.S. to Mexico Gun Smuggling Stats. Here We Go Again . . .

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Back in the day, the Obama administration ran a black bag job called Operation Fast and Furious. As far as we know, the program was designed to establish a link between American gun stores and Mexican drug thugs, to build a case for an assault weapons ban in the U.S. To hype the issue, the feds claimed there was an “iron river” (their words) of guns flowing south. The ATF touted misleading stats to “prove” its existence. While F&F is history, the ATF is at again. Check this out from npr.org . . .

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ATF Publishes Final Ruling Requiring FFLs Report Guns Lost or Stolen In Transit

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As part of President Obama’s push for tighter restrictions on gun owners and dealers, the ATF has issued their final ruling on requiring gun dealers to report guns that have been lost or stolen in transit. Previously FFLs were able to ship firearms, mark them as being out of their inventory, and forget about it once they had their cash in hand. Now the onus is on the shipping dealer to track that package and ensure that it reaches the intended destination. Naturally the NSSF has taken issue with this, and the rule (as well as their opposition) was explained in an email blast yesterday . . .

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Gunbroker: Obama’s ‘In the Business’ Emphasis Changes Nothing

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You may have heard that the President had a few things to say about guns last week. After much anticipation, the gun-controller-in-chief announced a series of new executive branch measures designed to accomplish on his own what he knows he can’t via the traditional, separation-of-powers-as-the-Founders-intended legislative method. After hearing that the ATF’s placing new emphasis on what constitutes being “in the business” of selling firearms (and necessitating a federal firearms license), the Attorney General opined that could mean as few as one or two guns. That lead some People of the Gun to worry about how that might affect on line services like Gunbroker. But as the following statement from Gunbroker head honcho Steve Urvan makes clear, despite all the hype, nothing has really changed . . .

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Gun Deals Gone Bad Part 2: The Inherent Dangers of NFA Transfers

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The NFA tax stamp business is complicated, but it’s not that complicated. Anyone with a college degree should be able to have a pretty solid grasp of the legal concepts involved. The next step: find a gun businesses operated by people with college degrees. That’s actually the most difficult part. When buying a gun/ammo/silencer/machine gun/ACCO-WEDGE from an FFL you’re not just buying a tangible product. Let that sink in for a minute . . .

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