With the last few years of botched sting operations, controversial operations and illegal gunrunning, the ATF has suffered from a lack of guidance, leadership and mission. A Congressman from Wisconsin, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner is currently writing a bill that will eliminate the ATF, farming out its responsibilities to other government agencies, such as the FBI. Many support the idea, while others like the National Shooting Sports Foundation oppose it. Read, “Is it Time to Eliminate the ATF?” and tell us what you think.
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U.S. Law Shield reports that the ATF has delayed the date for a proposed rule that could affect your ability to own a suppressor, short-barreled firearm, machine gun, or NFA-defined “any other weapon.”
In Guns Across the Border: How and Why the U.S. Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico, author Mike Detty documents how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) ran a series of “gun walking” sting operations that failed to stop Mexican gun smuggling cartels — and even aided the cartels’ efforts.
It’s not just a rumor. 5.45x39mm Russian steel core ammunition is banned by BAFTE. Because of the agency’s convoluted definition, the AK-74 round is now considered armor piercing. However, we—the gun community—might be able to create an exemption. How, you ask? Read for more information and how you can stop the ban.
Sharyl Attkisson at CBS News is reporting that three more weapons from the U.S. Justice Department’s failed Fast and Furious program have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico.
On Wednesday, July 30 2013, the Senate voted 53-42 to appoint B. Todd Jones as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder, Jones has been the acting director since 2011, one of six acting directors in the last six years. He served as acting director part time, while serving full time as U.S. District Attorney for Minnesota. He walks into the position at a highly mistrusted and misdirected agency full of controversy and problems. The ATF is currently understaffed and their budget is tight, not to mention the unsolved Fast and Furious debacle. It will be difficult to fix all the problems and perceptions of the ATF.
According to a GOA release, “… gun owners’ focus must now shift to the part of Obama’s agenda which poses the most danger because it is most likely to move: the requirement that the government approve every gun transfer in America — the so-called universal background check.”
The Inspector General (IG) draft report on “Operation Fast and Furious” places most of the blame for the failed program…Read More >