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The people of ATF

by on May.14, 2012, under Uncategorized

If being accomplices to the murder of Brian Terry wasn’t enough to convince you of the Evil within ATF, try this on for size:

…”ATF paid for the motel room where the woman was sexually abused, according to police records obtained by The Seattle Times. Only months before the assault, the records show, a concerned Seattle police officer spoke to an ATF agent on the phone after Jackson had reportedly flashed a badge during the “help the officer” incident. The agent vouched for Jackson.”

Full story here / h/t to the Seattle Times for running this to ground.

This is the federal agency charged with the day to day administration & regulation of the firearms industry in the United States.  Would you want members of your family near people like this?  These are the same people who want to control shotgun imports, register the sales of rifles greater than .22 caliber, regulation of private firearm sales, and shamelessly abused facts and figures to promote their “mission”.  What is that mission now?  Killing Border Patrol agents?  Or is it something else?

The funding for this federal agency needs to be cut by 90%, and the so called “sworn agents” need to be sent looking for new employment.  They are clearly not mature enough to handle adult responsibilities.

ATF:  Bringing the STUPID since 1972.

 

 

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“What can shooters do? The only things folks living in a democracy can do—get out and vote”

by on Apr.20, 2012, under Uncategorized

This was a statement in the closing paragraph of the Guns.com article here.  The premise of the article was what to do as politicians and the press change their tactics and approach to attacking the right to keep and bear arms.  The quote is an ok representation, but not quite bumper sticker worthy.  It’s an oversimplification and it is far from all we can do and all we should do.

The first thing to understand is that voting is NOT ENOUGH.  If you cast a vote for a candidate and think once he or she wins that your rights are protected, you’re wrong.  If you think that some gun rights group will take care of your rights for you, that is also mistaken.

Deer don’t hunt themselves, and politicians do not do your bidding without a substantial amount of work on your part.  Frequent engagement is required to successfully get your elected officials or unelected bureaucrats to move on an issue.  Staying focused on the elected variety, here some starting points.

  1. Mid or post election season is too late to start the conversation & expect good results. Politicians and their handlers cherry pick election issues they want to focus on, your job duty as a citizen is to engage them on the issues important to you, not the politician, their handlers or anyone else.
  2. This should start early on such as during the initial campaign rumblings, even before they announce and be sustained throughout their service in office.  Engaging like minded constituents of the same elected official is quite helpful at securing attention of an elected official, so get as many of them as you can to likewise engage the politician.
  3. Keep the politician and like minded constituents talking about the issue or issues important to you.  If you ask one question, one time and just go away, no politician is going to help.  You must be determined to get an on record answer supporting you.
  4. “I [strongly] support the 2nd Amendment” is absolutely worthless as any kind of answer.   You should always press this type of answer into a set of specific questions and get direct answers to them.  Evasion = no support.
  5. Leave absolutely nothing to ambiguity.  If you get yes answers, get an office contact to coordinate the effort supporting your bill, resolution or idea.  Follow up on that IMMEDIATELY along with your like minded colleagues.

One of the very big problems the gun lobby faces is a lack of involvement in the process.  Once a candidate is elected is when the real work starts and it is typically when gun owners wipe the proverbial sweat off our collective brows and think we are safe for another election cycle.  We need to change this behavior if we expect to be successful going forward.  Get engaged, stay engaged on RKBA issues with politicians.  Casting a vote, paying dues to a gun rights group or 3 isn’t enough to protect your rights.  Just as people who CCW choose to protect themselves, we need to take the same approach with our rights via the political process.

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Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012″ (H.R. 4089)

by on Feb.29, 2012, under Uncategorized

NSSF says it’s getting a hearing today.

“call the House Natural Resources Committee IMMEDIATELY and urge members of the committee to support H.R. 4089. Call the Republican Committee Staff at 202-225-2761. Call the Democrat Committee Staff at 202-225-6065″

Good idea.

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ATF’s pattern of “emergency” information collection

by on Dec.23, 2011, under Uncategorized

Today’s federal register has a panicky sounding ATF request for emergency information collection – Just a little over a year ago ATF dropped their emergency request to implement the rifle sale registration scheme on us.  Here, the scenario looks a little different.

Emergency review is being requested in accordance with the Act (44 U.S.C. 3507(j)), because if normal clearance procedures are followed, significant public confusion is reasonably likely to result. The Department believes that in the absence of emergency clearance, there will be widespread confusion among Federal firearms licensees, as well as among aliens lawfully present in the United States who wish to purchase a firearm, about a process that if not performed correctly can result in the imposition of civil or criminal sanctions. This public harm can be avoided by emergency review. See
44 U.S.C. 3507(j)(1)(B)(i). The Department is making conforming changes to the information collection instrument (ATF Form 4473, Firearms Transaction Record Part I—Over-the- Counter) so that the information collected is consistent with the requirements of law. The Department has recently concluded that two existing applications of the Gun Control Act (GCA) by ATF impose restrictions upon the lawful receipt and possession of firearms by aliens present in the United States that are not supported by the GCA. In particular, ATF regulations that extend the reach of 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(5)(B) to prohibit the possession of firearms by all nonimmigrant aliens (unless they qualify for one of the exceptions contained in 18 U.S.C. 922(y)(2)) are unwarranted in existing law, and may only extend to nonimmigrant aliens who have been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa.  …

Ok.  So, ATF have been routinely violating ’68 GCA.

Who’s being prosecuted?

ATF Form 4473 is being revised to distinguish between nonimmigrant aliens admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa and those who were admitted without a visa, and to strike an instruction on the form requiring aliens to establish residence in a State continuously for a period of at least

90 days prior to the date they propose to acquire a firearm from a Federal firearms licensee. Immediate revisions to Form 4473 are necessary to conform with the law …

Everyone knows that ATF NEVER does anything that is in the best interest of gun owners.  Ask a Branch Davidian.  Their mission is to prohibit firearms to various demographics, confiscate firearms and imprison those with firearms that they don’t burn to death.  While on the surface it appears to be correcting ATF’s violation of GCA ’68, ask yourself:  Why now, Christmas weekend, over a period of time in which the federal government is largely out of the office on vacation, Congress is out of session just like last year when ATF tried to cram through their multi-rifle-sale reporting scam?

 

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