Fast and Furious Guns Tied to at Least 69 Killings, 20 Mass Murders

Brian Terry (courtesy cnn.com)

“New documents obtained by the government watchdog Judicial Watch prove, again, that guns sold through the Obama Justice Department’s Fast and Furious Operation have been used by Mexican cartels for mass murder south of the border,” townhall.com reports. Surprising no one. The entire point of the ATF’s secret anti-gun gun running operation: to connect U.S. gun stores to Mexican crime scenes, to pimp U.S. gun control. (Mission accomplished; U.S. border states still labor under increased reporting restrictions for multiple gun sales.) OK, that and thank or friends in the Sinaloa Cartel. That said, the numbers are pretty amazing . . .

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A “Firearm” at the CZ-USA Booth

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It’s a pistol! It’s a rifle! No, it’s a firearm. One of the reasons I like dealing with CZ-USA is their willingness to embrace the aftermarket, which has helped their products resonate with enthusiasts. At their NRA show booth, CZ-USA showed off at least three Scorpions outfitted with a range of aftermarket accessories, including the “firearm” seen above. What makes it a “firearm” and not a pistol — despite beginning life as a Scorpion pistol — rifle, SBR, or AOW? . . .

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ATF Approves SB Tactical Collapsible Pistol Arm Brace

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SB Tactical‘s pistol arm brace concept has had a profound impact on the firearms market; it single-handedly (pun intended) saved the AR-15 pistol from obscurity. Up to now, the pistol arm brace has been a one-size-fits-all (or not) accessory. A letter from the ATF [click here to view]] changes that, A-OK’ing an adjustable versions of the brace. The new SB braces not only work better — for multiple shooters — but also look dead sexy. SB Tactical’s pre-NRA Con press release [after the jump] was short and sweet, but the pictures tell the tale . . .

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Felonies, Fines, Probation Over Stag Arms’ Sloppy Accounting Practices

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You may remember that Stag Arms ran into some regulatory trouble with our friends at the ATF last year at this time. They seemed to have had difficulty accounting for all of their firearms in an industry that’s about as highly regulated as any other. The ATF doesn’t have much of a sense of humor when it comes to missing (or miscounted) firearms. Especially hundreds of them. Some of them machine guns. Now, as abcnews.go.com reports, “The former owner of a company that makes military-style rifles has been sentenced to probation and the company fined $500,000 for violating federal firearms laws” . . .

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ATF Traced 364K Guns Recovered from Crime Scenes in 2015. And?

ATF agents (courtesy thedailyliberator.com)

“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) traced more than 364,000 guns that were recovered from international crime scenes in 2015,” thehill.com reports. “Tracing guns from manufacture to purchase helps law enforcement investigate crimes, the agency said. ‘Trace information can link a suspect to a firearm in a criminal investigation, identify potential traffickers, and detect international patterns in the sources and types of crime guns.'” Well they would say that, wouldn’t they? Because if you think about it . . .

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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?

Carlos Canino (courtesy miamiherald.com)

“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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