Gunrunners And Gunwalkers

2/28/2011

Federal law enforcement is conspiring against your rights.

It sounds like a plot-line from a bad action movie on late night cable.

Unfortunately, it’s also true.

David Codrea from The Examiner has put together an astonishing work of investigative journalism showing just how deep and tangled the web of lies is that the ATF has woven.

Originally, the ATF – using their “Project Gunrunner” – set out to show just how many firearms were being bought in the United States and smuggled into Mexico.

But the numbers didn’t add up quite the way the ATF wanted them to, so…

…they made up their own.

In an ongoing investigation he dubbed “Project Gunwalker,” Codrea has obtained evidence that the ATF not only made up some of the numbers, but they openly allowed several weapons to walk across the border in the hands of drug-runners so they could pad their stats and secure more funding.

I wish I were making this up, but sadly, it gets worse.

According to ATF agents, one of the firearms allowed to cross the border illegally was used in a December 2010 shooting...

...A shooting that cost the life of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent.

The articles on The Examiner go into much more detail, but for me, this was more than enough.

An over-funded, power-hungry and entirely unnecessary law enforcement agency enables criminals to do their worst simply so they can grab even more funding and power.

And a law enforcement agent loses his life in the process.

It has become so bad within the ATF that numerous agents have refused to step forward to tell their story due to their concerns regarding how high up in the Justice Department this scandal could go.

Maybe all the way to the top.

Perhaps even to the Obama inner circle. Remember their mantra: “never let a crisis go to waste."

Let me make a prediction: when federal agencies are begging Congress for funding, the ATF is going to spin this in a way that excuses their incompetence due to a lack of funding.

And they are going to ask for more.

They will cry and whine that they weren’t able to do enough with what they have, so they should be given more power and more money in order to have a further reach.

But that’s not a prediction – just this week, that’s exactly what happened.

In the latest budget proposal, the ATF has asked for almost 200 new agents, and $54 million in slush funds... money we all know will be used for stings against mere paperwork violations and general mayhem within the firearms community.

Our plan is to quash this budget increase.

But the sad fact of the matter is that most members of Congress don’t even know about Project Gunwalker.

After all, would you know about it from watching Fox News, CNN or ABC?

They won’t even touch this story.

And that’s where you come in.

I need you to make your Congressman aware of what is happening inside the ATF.

David Codrea has done a great job at The Examiner of exposing this story and informing a large number of people.

I want every member of Congress to know about this abuse of the law and to know how much the ATF has run amok with its power.

If they don’t know, the ATF will just grow and grow with unchecked power and increased funding.

And don’t expect the institutional “gun lobby” to oppose budget increases and power expansions at the ATF – they’ve been in bed with them for decades.

Remember, the ATF is the organization tasked with enforcing gun control.

Do you want this kind of abuse to happen once they start enforcing some sort of draconian new Obama Administration gun law?

What if another assault weapons ban passes? The ATF will be given even more money and more power to enforce unconstitutional laws.

That is what will happen... unless you alert your Congressman to this illegal activity going on at the top levels of the ATF.

Call your Senators and Congressman and let them know about Project Gunwalker and the insidious abuses of power within the ATF.

They have to be stopped now before more law enforcement officers and law-abiding citizens lose their lives.

Show Congress that limiting government powers – the mandate you sent them to Washington with in the 2010 elections – includes over-zealous, redundant law enforcement agencies drunk with their own power.

Tell them about law enforcement agents dying because the ATF thinks it knows what’s best for our country.

Project Gunrunner must be exposed.

And that won’t happen until more members of Congress know about it. I need you to make that happen.

After all, Laws are meaningless if the people enforcing them think they are above them.

You can read the original Examiner article here .

House Judiciary Committee Passes Constitutional Carry 8 to 3

2/25/2011

House Judiciary Committee passes Constitutional Carry 8 to 3. But we still need your help.

Nice work.  Constitutional Carry -- HB1205 -- passed out of its committee yesterday and moved to the House Floor thanks to your calls and e-mails.

State Rep. Chris Holbert (R-Parker) -- who is a long-time RMGO member and activist -- did a fantastic job of presenting the bill and framing the debate when presenting it to the House Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Holbert told the committee that open carry in public areas is legal in most parts of Colorado and requires no permit, no fees, no training and no lists, but the second you cover the handgun with a coat or sweater you are required to obtain a permit.

In essence, he said, it's a Coat Tax.  Put your coat on, and you have to pay the tax.  His bill would make that a voluntary tax, since there would be no need to pay the tax (acquire a permit) if HB1205 becomes law.

RMGO Executive Director Dudley Brown then testified to the growing movement of states allowing permitless carry, and the many more which are considering passing just such a law.  In Vermont, Alaska and now Arizona, there has been no increase in crime.

Both of those messages resonated with members of the committee, and the bill passed with the votes of every Republican and even two Democrats.

This is just one more great example of how effective your voice really is.

Now the work gets tougher.  The bill is headed for the House floor, where we really have to turn up the heat.  If you and I want Constitutional Carry in Colorado, we must make politicians feel the heat with our phone calls and e-mails.

The House Co-sponsors on HB1205 are:

Acree, Balmer, Barker, Baumgardner, Becker, Bradford, Brown, Conti, DelGrosso, Holbert, Joshi, Kerr J., Looper, Massey, McKinley, McNulty, Murray, Nikkel, Priola, Scott, Sonnenberg, Stephens, Summers, Swerdfeger, Vaad, Waller.

In addition, Reps. Bob Gardner, Daniel Kagan and Pete Lee have now voted for this bill in Committee.

If you don't see your State Representative on either of these lists, they have not yet co-sponsored this bill or voted in favor of it yet.  It is imperative that you take just a few minutes to do this simple two-step process before the House floor vote.

If they are on this list, take a moment to contact them and tell them to keep up the good work and continue to support this important bill.

1) Click on this link to find your State Representative if you don't already know.

2) Call your Representative.  The phone number for all State Representatives is 303-866-2904 or toll free at 1-800-811-7647.

  • Tell them you stand with Rocky Mountain Gun Owners.
  • Tell them it is vital they support Constitutional Carry in Colorado without further amendments.
  • And tell them you are watching their vote carefully and counting on their support.

Again, you can reach all State Representatives by calling 303-866-2904 or toll free at 1-800-811-7647 and they'll connect you to your State Representative.

Constitutional Carry in Colorado depends on your involvement.

Please join us in the push to get this bill past the House.

ATF To Ban Tactical Shotguns

2/24/2011


ALERT: ATF to Ban Tactical Shotguns
Gun Digest Book of the Tactical Shotgun

Dear Shotgun Owner,

I hope you're not one of those gun owners who said, "They'll never come for my shotguns."

If you are, I'm afraid the rain is about to fall on your parade.

You see, the ATF is coming for your shotguns ... with a vengeance.

The ATF wants to ban the importation of any tactical shotgun it views as not meeting the "sporting suitability" use as defined in the Gun Control Act of 1968.

That means all they need to do is make up a bunch of "features" that don't (according to them) "fit" a sporting use of a shotgun.

It's an open door for an outright shotgun ban ... the very same shotguns that are probably in your gun safe right this minute.

This ban may seem too horrible and too outrageous to be real. But believe me when I tell you: This is no hoax. You can read the Gun Digest report here:

BATFE Wants To Ban Importation Of “Military” Style Shotguns

You can download and read the 34-page ATF Shotgun Ban Proposal here:

ATF Study on the Importability of Certain Shotguns

Make no mistake: This ban will affect hundreds of gun makers who produce shotguns that are currently in use not only by law enforcement and the military in the United States but also homeowners who simply want an effective home defense shotgun.

The real question is, what can you do about it? For starters, get informed about these guns. Our friends at Gun Digest have just released a new book you need to own. It's called the Gun Digest Book of the Tactical Shotgun. It's brand new, and you need it to make a good decision about all the new options on the market (options the ATF may soon outlaw).

This book covers everything you need to know about which tactical shotguns and accessories are the best and what will fit your fighting style and needs.

Buy this book. Then buy a shotgun. In that order.

But there's one more thing. Part of the proceeds from your purchase of this book (and my other recommended books found below) goes to support the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. So take a minute to stockpile a good assortment of books. Add The Gun Digest Book of the Tactical Shotgun to your cart while you still can.

Thanks for your support,

Dudley
Dudley Brown Executive Director

PS - The ATF is proposing to ban importation on all tactical shotguns it asserts don't have any "sporting" use. If they succeed, this will be the most dangerous interpretation of the 1968 Gun Control Act ever envisioned and will outlaw thousands of perfectly legitimate home defense shotguns. To give RMGO the resources to stop this threat, you can buy the newly-released Gun Digest Book of the Tactical Shotgun at special RMGO supporter prices ... plus a portion of the proceeds from your purchase will go back to RMGO to stop this backdoor gun ban.


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