More on the ATF hearings – 2
Federal agents made mistakes while searching for illegal firearm sales at Richmond gun shows, a top federal law enforcement officer told congressional investigators yesterday.
But the official also defended aggressive gun-show patrols conducted by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and local police, saying that they had prevented violent criminals from buying weapons.
Breaking the law is just a mistake? More:
Show organizers also complained that their buyers were subjected to an unfair level of scrutiny. In several cases, ATF agents or officers with city, county or state police were dispatched to talk with a buyers’ relatives or neighbors to confirm an address listed on background check forms.
Bouchard defended these residency checks as necessary to stopping illegal sales.
Yeah, that’s the illegal part. I found this interesting:
ATF said it polices about one in 50 gun shows nationally.
Seems low to me. And congress folks called them on it, right? Not really:
Subcommittee chairman Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., said he appreciated that ATF officials had worked to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. But he called the aggressive tactics heavy-handed.
“It appears some mistakes were made . . . and hopefully they won’t be repeated,” Coble said.
Those aren’t mistakes. They intentionally used rather questionable techniques that were illegal. Someone needs to be held to account.