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Record Surge In Firearms Applications Swamp The Registration System

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WASHINGTON — A record surge in recent firearms production and transactions have swamped the federal government’s automated registration system for select weapons, including machine guns. In a notice earlier this month to the firearms industry, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was temporarily suspending parts of its computerized system to shore up capacity in part to process the required registration and transfer of National Firearms Act covered weapons, which also include silencers, short-barreled shotguns, short-barreled rifles and some explosive devices. Between 2005 and 2013, firearms act-related applications “skyrocketed by more than 380%” to nearly 200,000, according to the April 16 memo issued by ATF Deputy Assistant Director Marvin Richardson. The surge has contributed to a backlog of more than 70,000 applications. Richardson’s memo states that the ATF is “immediately” hiring 15 people to assist with the application processing and deploying 15 current employees to the task. The application deluge tracks a record annual increase in overall firearm production to more than 8.5 million guns in 2012, the most recent year for which the ATF collects such data. In 2011, there were 6.5 million firearms produced. The increase was aided by a spike in the manufacture of rifles and pistols, continuing a trend that has been highlighted by industry representatives for the past several years.

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ATF Chief: Nobody has been Terminated Over Fast & Furious

By: Kellan Howell (Washington Times)

The director of the government agency responsible for the Fast & Furious sting operation that allowed weapons to flow across the Mexican border confirmed Wednesday that no one involved in the botched gun-running project has been fired.

Todd Jones, the director of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives told a House Government Reform and Oversight Committee hearing that some employees involved in the Fast and Furious operation were disciplined and others resigned with pensions, but no one was terminated.

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa questioned whether the ATF and Mr. Jones had demonstrated full accountability for the operation after an inspector general’s report revealed deep flaws with the plan and its execution.

Mr. Jones responded that “everyone involved in the ATF in the chain of command has either been disciplined or is no longer working with the agency.”

Mr. Issa pressed, “But the answer of fired is no. Is that correct?”

Mr. Jones replied, “As a result of the inspector general’s report, the answer is no.”

 

Source: Fox News

TYRANNY ALERT: Obama’s Lawless ATF Breaks Into Private Business & Seizes All Customer Records (Video)

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Despite a judge’s restraining order… Obama’s lawless ATF still BREAKS INTO A PRIVATE BUSINESS TO SEIZES ALL CUSTOMER RECORDS.

The owner of a California store that sells gun parts to build rifles from scratch refused to turn over his customer list to federal officials.

So Obama’s ATF broke in and took all of the customer records anyway.

This video was taken on March 15, 2014, at National City Ares Armor location.

Here is background on the story from earlier this week. FOX4KC reported:

The owner of an Oceanside store that sells various gun parts to build a rifle from scratch refused to turn over his customer list when he was raided by federal agents Wednesday.

Dimitrios Karras, owner of Ares Armor, said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents were investigating their business, not for what they sell, but for the people who purchase their products.

Karras said the ATF threatened to shutter their business if they didn’t hand over the names of 5,000 customers who have purchased an 80 percent lower receiver (the base) for building an AR-15.

It is legal to build a rifle from scratch without serial numbers only if the base is manufactured to ATF specifications. The base is not considered a firearm if it’s sold separately.

A manufacturer made an 80 percent receiver in plastic with a different material and colors which show exactly where the customer can drill making it easier and cheaper to build. The ATF said it is illegal.

The ATF sent stores, including Ares Armor, letters demanding they turn over the products and names of customers who purchased them.

“They said either give us these 5000 names or we are coming in and taking pretty much anything – which is a huge privacy concern and something we are not willing to do,” said Karras.

Karras’s attorney informed the ATF to pick up the receivers Wednesday morning at their Oceanside location, but the inventory was not the issue. The store owner said he will not comply with turning over their private client list.

ATF Under Fire for Dangerous Sting Operations Near Schools

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Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in this morning on a new scandal surrounding the ATF. The Justice Department agency, already under fire in recent years over the botched Fast and Furious operation, is now being criticized for its tactics in storefront sting operations, according to a recent investigative report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The sting operations involved phony storefronts, including one in Milwaukee, where ATF agents tried to lure criminals with sales of guns and drugs. In some instances, the shops were close to schools and churches, and minors frequented the storefronts, which included pawn shops and tattoo parlors.

Here are a few highlights from the report:

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Fast & Furious: Judge Throws out Brian Terry Family’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Freedom Outpost

Over the weekend several big stories regarding the Operation Fast and Furious  gunrunning scandal developed.  For the sake of brevity, I’ll make several posts  with each of the stories.  First, on Friday evening the lawsuit  filed by the family of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was dismissed.  

The family had argued “ATF’s (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms)  failures were not only negligent, but in violation of ATF’s own policies and  procedures,” which led to their son’s death from a weapon obtained from  Fast and Furious.

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Fast & Furious II

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Rather than being imprisoned for his role in the Fast & Furious gunrunning outrage, Attorney General Eric Holder has been left in power. Consequently,

[P]olice believe explosives found at a murder scene in Mexico may have come from an American bomb-maker whom the U.S. attorney in Arizona refused to prosecute.

According to an internal U.S. Department of Justice memo, a “Kingery grenade” was among the 10 explosives found at the scene of a shootout between police and drug cartels in Guadalajara on Oct. 10 in which three officers were killed.

The “Kingery grenade” refers to those manufactured by Jean Baptiste Kingery, a California resident who made grenades in Mexico from parts sourced in the U.S. He also converted AK-47s from semi- to fully-automatic weapons.

ATF agents arrested Kingery in 2010, but the assistant U.S. attorney in Arizona at the time, Emory Hurley, referred to the grenades as harmless toys and told the ATF the case “lacked jury appeal,” according to the ATF supervisor in charge, Pete Forcelli.

And so…

Kingery continued making some 2,000 bombs for the cartels until Mexican federal police raided his Sonora factory in 2011. Such grenades have been used in cartel attacks in public streets, bars and nightclubs.

To track down the Obama Regime’s motives for facilitating this bloodshed, follow the liberal ideology that drives it.

[Darrell] Issa [R-CA], who is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, believes Kingery was permitted to continue to build grenades and export weapons as a way to justify limiting weapons sales in the southwest.

“When you have the attorney general’s own offices being informed about a very dangerous person exporting hand grenades and converting AK-47s into machine guns and they let him continue as part of not, Fast and Furious, but a completely separate failure, I think what you see is an administration that I’m beginning to think really did want to let bad things happen in hopes they would get [an] assault weapons ban. The dots are being connected more and more to these kinds of actions.”

Enough dots should have been connected by now to remove not only Holder but Obama from office.

Guns From Obama’s Fast and Furious Program Used in Death of Mexican Police Chief

Gateway Pundit

On December 14, 2010, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot dead by a group of suspected drug cartel along the Mexican border in Peck Canyon, northwest of Nogales, Arizona. The guns used to kill Brian Terry were traced back to Operation Fast and Furious.

In September 2011 the Attorney General of Mexico confirmed 200 murders happened in Mexico as a direct result of Operation Fast and Furious.

In May 2012 another murder connected to Operation Fast and Furious surfaced. According to a congressional report released, Mario González Rodríguez, brother of the state attorney general of Chihuahua at the time, was also murdered by guns traced back to Operation Fast and Furious. The U.S. withheld this information from Mexican authorities for eight months.

Now this…
A high-powered rifle lost in the Fast and Furious program was used to kill a Mexican police chief in Jalisco state.
The LA Times reported, via Yid With Lid:

A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF’s Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico.

Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in the city of Hostotipaquillo, was shot to death Jan. 29 when gunmen intercepted his patrol car and opened fire. Also killed was one of his bodyguards. His wife and a second bodyguard were wounded.

Local authorities said eight suspects in their 20s and 30s were arrested after police seized them nearby with a cache of weapons — rifles, grenades, handguns, helmets, bulletproof vests, uniforms and special communications equipment. The area is a hot zone for rival drug gangs, with members of three cartels fighting over turf in the region.

A semi-automatic WASR rifle, the firearm that killed the chief, was traced back to the Lone Wolf Trading Company, a gun store in Glendale, Ariz. The notation on the Department of Justice trace records said the WASR was used in a “HOMICIDE – WILLFUL – KILL –PUB OFF –GUN” –ATF code for “Homicide, Willful Killing of a Public Official, Gun.”