Thursday, December 20, 2012

Get Your Own House In Order First...

Oh, this is just rich...

Ex-ATF official's gun ends up at Mexican cartel shootout that killed beauty queen
How did a gun belonging to a former assistant special agent in charge at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives end up at a crime scene in Mexico where five died, including a Mexican beauty queen?
A FN Five-Seven semi-automatic pistol, a high powered handgun originallyrestricted to military and law enforcement customers, was recovered by Mexican police at the scene of a Nov. 23 shootout between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Mexican military.
Read the whole article. This numbskull lied on a 4473 form (felony) and used the ATF main office as his home address. He then claims to have sold the gun "on the internet" - which should be an easy claim to prove, since the gun would have had to have gone through an FFL, right?  Extra bonus points for it being an FN 5-7, the bĂȘte noir most infamous for being the gun used in the "workplace shooting" by Nidal Hassan.

So, the ATF had an agent buy a handgun using a false address which is later found at a crime scene in Mexico, and this agent is then promoted. He claims to have sold the gun, but it simply defies credibility that it just happened to wind up in the hands of the same people that received semi-automatic rifles under the "Fast & Furious" program. Yet another check mark in the "this was orchestrated by the US Government" box, ho hum.

But let's be sure to demonize the NRA and law-abiding gun owners for the tragedy in Connecticut, right?

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)


Sailorcurt said...

which should be an easy claim to prove, since the gun would have had to have gone through an FFL, right?

I don't believe Arizona has a "private sale law". If not, then that would only be true if he sold it to someone who was a resident of another state.

If he sold it to a resident of Arizona, no FFL, background check or records of any kind are required.

He still violated federal law by using improper addresses, but he can plausibly claim that he sold it in a private transfer later.

Jay G said...

True. Maybe he posted it to a local gun board and sold it privately that way. If he's an AZ resident, that is.

NOTHING that has happened with anything even vaguely connected to the F&F debaucle has been even close to legal, so I find it hard to believe this was a legitimate transfer...

Sailorcurt said...

Oh, I don't believe it for a second.

Just saying that he has plausible deniability.

And as an added bonus, the ATF can now cry "See? That's what happens when you don't require background checks on transfers between private citizens"

And perhaps that was the point all along?

Stretch said...

"A FN Five-Seven semi-automatic pistol, a high powered handgun"
A glorified .22 Magnum is "high powered?"
Well, in a world where they don't want us to have ANY guns I guess ALL guns are high powered.