CBS says they have documents proving that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) “discussed” using Fast and Furious to “argue for” new rules about gun sales (translation: limit gun sales, limit, punish gun sellers). Of course they did.
ATF officials didn’t intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called “Demand Letter 3”. That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or “long guns.” Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information.
BATF agents forced gun sellers to sell weapons to gunwalkers who then took the weapons across the border. It was not a sting operation. BATF agents or others representing Fast and Furious were not undercover, or at least in numerous cases.
Several gun dealers who cooperated with ATF told CBS News and Congressional investigators they only went through with suspicious sales because ATF asked them to.
CBS has copies of emails written by gun sellers. Read them here. One said he wanted to make sure he and others were not viewed as the “bad guys” for doing as directed by the government.
An email responding to the above by a BATF supervisor assures the gun dealer there is nothing to worry about as the agency is continually monitoring the weapons.
The concerned gun seller didn’t stop there. He emailed again saying he needed to know that none of the weapons sold by him end up “south of the border or in the hands of bad guys.”
Demand Letter 3 was announced in April 2011. The National Shooting Sports Foundation is suing the ATF to stop it.
BATF often did not trace the weapons once they arrived in Mexico, and thousands of them remain at-large today. No doubt the sole goal of this lawless administration was to impose harsher gun laws and limit Second Amendment rights. Read more at Investor’s Business Daily.