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ATF source confirms ‘walking’ guns to Mexico to ‘pad’ statistics
* January 5th, 2011 4:40 pm ET
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“Coming next will be more info on what the agents refer to as the Phoenix ATF office ‘walking across’ ARs and AKs to pad their statistics,” this column reported on Monday, citing a December reference to allegations made on the CleanUpATF.org forum that approval/direction was given for “more than 500 AR-15 type rifles from Tucson and Phoenix cases to be ‘walked’ to Mexico.”
As we’ve previously discussed, CleanUpATF is run by a group of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives employees who formed “a non-profit organization dedicated to returning integrity, accountability and decency to the management of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE or "ATF").”
Following my Monday column, I was contacted by an investigative reporter wanting to learn more, and inquiring about my willingness to share sources. I put those wheels in motion because I believe it’s important to break this story beyond the reach I’m accustomed to these articles having. The important thing is getting the truth out.
Here’s the relevant excerpt from my communication with a confirmed source within the Bureau and with other colleagues in on the exchange, part of the fact-finding process I want to share with readers here:
Here's what I'm trying to determine:
Are firearms really being "walked across the border" per the CUATF posting?
Might it be disinformation posted to discredit anyone passing it along?
Could it be a trap by management, that is, controlled information disclosed to identify who is passing it along?
Is it scuttlebutt coming from credible sources?
Is it verifiable in any way?
I understand [Source name redacted] does not know me and may be wary about extending himself beyond [Contact name redacted]. I can respect that. By the same token, please note I have not shared any info with [Reporter name redacted] beyond telling him I passed his contact info along to an insider who may be able to give him more information. I would not post a word that has not been vetted and approved, and absolutely will not disclose any sources without being specifically authorized by that person.
[Source name redacted], please advise how you would like to proceed, if at all.
One of the participating recipients, Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars, picks up the story from here:
Well, here's what a solid source within ATF says about this story this morning:
"It's true. Pure fact verified. Ongoing inv(estigation) I can't discuss."
Further, Vanderboegh independently corroborates additional information provided to me by another source:
In a related development, the CUATF site was apparently hacked last night.
The information I have says “Unexplained MAYBE viral or induced by outside sources.”
One other point to bring up—while speculation was introduced on CleanUpATF.org that one of the “walked” guns may have been involved in the death of a Border Patrol officer, at this point I have nothing to validate this. I have been informed some journalists are working on following up on what’s been described to me as “discrepancies” in that story, but can’t predict the outcome we should expect.
At this point I can only renew a call for something I’ve been advocating for a long time now: Congressional oversight hearings of ATF.
My other motive is to get this information out there in the light for others with superior experience, skills and resources to follow up on. Whether or not they will is also something I can’t predict.
UPDATE: See follow-up article, "More information on ATF ‘walking’ guns across Mexican border."
More information on ATF ‘walking’ guns across Mexican border
* January 6th, 2011 12:21 pm ET
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“ATF source confirms ‘walking’ guns to Mexico to ‘pad’ statistics,” yesterday’s Gun Rights Examiner headline read.
I’ve just been provided some additional details. The essence of what I’ve been told:
* ATF’s Phoenix office allowed the guns to go across the border.
* The ATF office in Mexico was denied permission to share this information with their Mexican counterparts. Believing this was wrong, they went over the heads of the Phoenix office and requested permission directly from headquarters in DC.
* The higher-ups sided with the Phoenix decision to withhold the information from Mexican authorities.
That would make this an international law enforcement incident, would it not?
On a related matter, efforts are still underway to get to the truth about the origins of the seized firearm used in the killing of the Border Patrol officer. The relevant questions for investigators:
* What does ATF trace data show?
* Were any prior traces ever run on this particular firearm, and what did they show?
Enquiring minds want to know. Developing…
Ordnance crossing into Mexico over border—its southern one
* January 5th, 2011 10:28 am ET
Obama Re-Nominates Andrew Traver for ATF Head
Posted on January 6, 2011 by Robert Farago
I spoke too soon. It seems like the Obama administration HAS been drinking and IS spoiling for a fight with the NRA, GOA and right-minded gun owners everywhere. All the President’s Men (or at least the ones who think it’s a good idea to stir-up the Democratic party’s far-left base) have renominated Andrew Traver to head the headless Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires). mainjustice.com is the bearer of sad tidings: “The ATF has never had a Senate-confirmed leader, as the gun-regulation agency has been buffeted by the fierce politics surrounding firearms ownership . . . Acting Director Keneth Melson has led the agency since 2009.” Grab some popcorn and get ready to email your Senator. This is gonna blow up good.
Proof that the ATF Long Gun Registry is for the Long Haul
Posted on January 6, 2011 by Robert Farago
When the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (and Really Big Fires) first announced their plan to force some 8500 gun dealers in four states to file a same-day report on any sale of two or more larger than .22 caliber rifles to the same buyer in a five-day period, the ATF called it an “emergency” measure. You know; to combat the “iron river” of guns flowing from Bob’s Gun Store to Los Zetas drug lords. Official notification in the Federal Register [OMB Number 1140–NE] gave the heads-up. When acting ATF Head Kenneth Melson stepped-up to the microphone to sell the plan, we learned that the form would be valid for 180-days. The long gun registry is a one-year deal. Worse, the ATF jefe revealed the registry as a “pilot program,” signaling the ATF’s intention to extend the scope and/or duration of the patently illegal plan after one year. Just in case you didn’t catch that, here’s an email the ATF sent a forum member at gunrightsmedia.com . . .
Thank you for your comment regarding the 60-day emergency notice of information collection relating to ATF Form 3310.12 (Report of Multiple Sale or Other Disposition of Certain Rifles), published in the Federal Register on December 17, 2010. The Federal Register and supplement form may be found at: http://www.atf.gov/regulations-rulin…l-notices.html
The primary purpose of this program is to improve law enforcement’s ability to identify firearms traffickers, to disrupt the criminal activity and to stop deadly violence plaguing the Southwest Border States and Mexico. The multiple sales reports will apply only to rifles that are semi-automatic, greater than .22 caliber, and have the ability to accept a detachable magazine.
ATF intends to implement this program to require that Federal firearms licensees in the States of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas complete the form for those transactions in which an individual purchases two or more of these rifles within five business days. We intend to evaluate the results at the end of a 1 year pilot period, at which time ATF may expand, narrow or discontinue the program.
As mentioned in the notice, if granted by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the emergency approval of the form is valid for 180 days. All comments received in response to the notice will be carefully considered and, if warranted, revisions to the form will be made.
I’d also like to pont out that nothing has been said about the destruction of these records, as is required for all FBI criminal background checks related to firearms sales. Nothing.
Exposed: Ohio anti-gunners' 2008 & 2009 IRS returns
Submitted by cbaus on Thu, 01/06/2011 - 07:00.
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"A person who has a gun sees danger. We will have more shootings, more accidents."
- Toby Hoover, Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, when asked in 2001 about attempts to pass a concealed carry law in Ohio
By Chad D. Baus
As the State of Ohio celebrates completion of another successful year of concealed carry, with applications and renewals continuing at a healthy pace, it is time once again take a our bi-annual look at where the most vocal opponents of the law find themselves seven years after the law was passed.
The state's predominant anti-self defense rights organization, the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence (OCAGV), operates as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit charity, or as the Internal Revenue Service refers to it, a 501(c)(3). As such, executive director Ms. Toby Hoover is required to file an IRS Form 990 each year, which becomes a public record.
I began investigating the OCAGV's tax records soon after Ohio's concealed carry law took effect, and used records from 2002 and 2003 to disprove media claims that the law had been bought and paid for thanks to an overwhelming funding advantage from pro-rights organizations like Buckeye Firearms Association.
My examination of those records, as well as those from the years 2004 and 2005, uncovered a vast river of money flowing into Ohio from the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation, and revealed that unlike the all-volunteer team at Buckeye Firearms Association, Hoover had been paying herself higher and higher annual salaries, even as she suffered legislative loss after legislative loss.
When her 2006 and 2007 returns became available, however, I discovered that Hoover's river of money had slowed to a trickle.
It does me considerable pleasure to report that the latest records available - 2008 and 2009 - reveal that the OCAGV may literally be on life support.
In the first half of the last decade, OCAGV cashed in on close to three-quarters of one million dollars in grants from the anti-gun Joyce Foundation. The Foundation's last grant to OCAGV occurred in 2004*, in the amount of $200,000, and was earmarked as a two year grant "for continued support of its efforts as a statewide resource on gun violence prevention, and to build its organizational funding and membership base". Hoover paid nearly half of that to herself, and at the end of the two years, had nothing to show for herself as far as achieving either one of the goals the Joyce Foundation set out for her.
In fact, since that time, OCAGV's organizational funding levels have entered a free-fall, and the organization hasn't reported a single dollar taken in from revenue from membership dues since 2007.
According to the 2009 Form 990 (the most recent year for which records are publicly available), OCAGV experienced a 25% drop in gross receipts from 2008 to 2009 alone. The organization ended the year with the lowest amount of assets on hand (just $8,503) since the organization was formed in 2002. This marks a 52% drop from 2008. (The organization held nearly nine times more in assets at the end of 2004, the year Ohio's concealed carry law took effect.)
The organization spent 74% less in 2009 on lobbying the legislature, and attempting to influence the public about a pending legislation, than it did in 2004, even though 2009 was the year Ohio's restaurant carry legislation began to be debated in the Ohio General Assembly.
The lack of Joyce Foundation funding has also had a drastic effect on Hoover's own pocketbook. After having given herself annual pay increases each year from 2002 to 2006, despite the fact that her organization had endured legislative defeat after legislative defeat, Hoover's 2009 salary was decreased 92% from a high of $45,780 in 2005.
(To the many advocates and volunteers like myself, who pour literally thousands of hours a year into fighting for pro-self-defense and pro-gun causes, the fact that Hoover has ever received a salary for her work is highly distasteful.)
While it is certainly good news that the OCAGV is suffering financially, and although support from the general public is clearly quite small, there is still reason to remain vigilant.
In 2008, the organization amended its bylaws to change the maximum number of members of the board to 29. The organization's 2009 Form 990 listed 20 board members, most of which share in common professions similar to some of its original cast of characters - namely higher education, health care or clergy. Recent additions to the list include a D.C. political consultant and former Handgun Control Inc. Director of State Legislation, and a motor vehicle accident attorney (I'll save the ambulance chaser jokes) from the Cleveland area. Curiously, one person that is no longer on the list of board members is Hoover's husband, Ed.
With a long list of well-educated, well-connected professionals sitting on its board, and with a supportive media willing to assist them in propping up their claims to speak for millions (even though the group, as University of Toledo Professor Brian Patrick once put it, "appears to have no tangible, mass membership at all"), we can be sure the organization is hard at work searching for new sources for funding, and plotting new strategies aimed at the destruction of Second Amendment rights.
As such, Buckeye Firearms Association volunteers will continue to work, without hundreds of thousands of dollars of funding these anti-gunners are used to having, to defend and advance the right of Ohio citizens to own and use firearms for all legal activities, including self-defense, hunting, competition, and recreation. Please join the fight.
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Vice Chairman.
* The Joyce Foundation gave a "small" (by comparision to historical contributions) grant of $55,000 in 2010. This income will be reported on OCAGV's next Form 990, and discussed in future analysis.
Gun owners should be aware of multiple ATF developments
* January 6th, 2011 9:53 am ET
When Congress reads Constitution today, see who leaves before 2nd Amendment
* January 6th, 2011 7:51 am PT
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Which members of Washington State’s congressional delegation will be present, absent or get up and leave when the Constitution is recited as the House of Representatives convenes this morning?
This column will study the reactions from Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Seattle), Congressman Jay Inslee – who is likely to run for governor in 2012 – and Tacoma Rep. Norm Dicks, in particular. They’ve never seen a gun control law they didn’t like, so will they stick around for that part of the reading that covers the Second Amendment?
The reading was scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. Pacific Coast time, and depending upon how fast or slow people read through the Preamble, it may be a bit before they actually get to the Bill of Rights, the first Ten Amendments.
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.—Second Amendment
While the 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Dick Anthony Heller, authored by Justice Antonin Scalia, went to great lengths to define the meaning of the Second Amendment as protective of an individual civil right, many argue that it did not go far enough in explaining that this right extends outside of the home. Far too many anti-gunners are determined to reverse the Heller opinion, and in the process rewrite history so that they can somehow erase the individual right to keep and bear arms.
The Brady Campaign’s Dennis Henigan, writing today on the Huffington Post website, once again launches into an attempt to redefine Scalia’s definition to fit his own agenda, while hypocritically criticizing Scalia and gun rights activists for allegedly doing the same thing. Henigan, of course, is the guy who was captured on video misquoting the Second Amendment, conveniently leaving out "the people" when he discussed the right to keep and bear arms.
Liberals will respond to this reading by saying they already know what the Constitution says and that this document is meant to change with the times. They will view this reading as a dog and pony show much like Barack Obama said he didn’t need to wear a U.S. flag pin because he knew in his heart that he was patriotic and didn’t need to advertise this fact.—Capitol Commentary
Today’s New York Times pulled the race card by the end of the fourth paragraph in their editorial dismissing the constitutional reading as little more than a stunt. The New York Times was once a great newspaper, but lately it has been guilty of only recognizing the First Amendment, believing that right applies only to itself and like-minded media outlets.
In any case, it is a presumptuous and self-righteous act, suggesting that they alone understand the true meaning of a text that the founders wisely left open to generations of reinterpretation. Certainly the Republican leadership is not trying to suggest that African-Americans still be counted as three-fifths of a person.-New York Times
Some will argue that the Constitution is a “living document” that should mean whatever liberals want it to mean at any given moment. While that may or may not be true, the Constitution is certainly a legal document, and it is binding, particularly that section about the right to keep and bear arms, since June 28 of last year when the Supreme Court ruled in McDonald v. City of Chicago – the landmark case waged by Bellevue’s Second Amendment Foundation that was completely overlooked by Evergreen State newspapers in their year-end wrap-ups of top local news stories in 2010, a stunning news omission, which this column discussed here. If a Supreme Court ruling that extends a constitutional protection to all citizens in all states is not a top news item, we are stymied to define what is.
Mssrs. McDermott, Dicks and Inslee may or may not have something to say about today’s reading. If they join the peanut gallery by suggesting that today’s reading is a “dog and pony show” as noted by Capitol Commentary, then at least we will all be reminded that these guys have lost all perspective about why they keep running for public office.
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