The Milwaukee Sentinel has uncovered a depressing — some might go so far as to say, slimy — story about how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms goes about intercepting illegal gun sales. It involves treachery, sales of illicit drugs, recruitment of mentally-damaged mules . . .
And that’s just on the law enforcement side.
Among the tactics was setting up fake pawn shops. Thanks ATF. It’s not as if legit pawn shops like our Maui operation don’t have to struggle against an undeserved — we think — reputation of pawn shops as fences and exploiters.
How bad did it get? What’s known is very bad, but there are reasons to suspect the situation is worse than the public knows:
The ATF refused the Journal Sentinel’s request for an interview with Director B. Todd Jones or other agency officials to address findings of the investigation. Instead, the agency provided a written statement that failed to answer any questions, and spokeswoman Ginger Colbrun suggested reporters read ATF news releases issued after the stings.
Read more from Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/atf-uses-rogue-tactics-in-storefront-stings-across-the-nation-b99146765z1-234916641.html?ipad=y#ixzz2n0kGefcZ
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