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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Can the Fast and Furious News Get Worse?

From today's Morning Jolt from NRO's Jim Geraghty:

The really short update on the Fast and Furious scandal: Yesterday, it sounded bad; today, it sounds worse. CBS: 
Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.

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.

On July 14, 2010 after ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. received an update on Fast and Furious, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF's Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious:

"Bill -- can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks."
Geraghty is not the only one writing about Fast and Furious this morning.  Ben Howe at Red State:
Now call me crazy, but if you're trying to get a law passed that prevents the sale of multiple weapons to a single customer but you have to force dealers to do this, doesn't that indicate that it might not be happening? Forcing people to do something against their better judgment so you can make the case that that very thing must be stopped is the kind of circular logic that only a radicalized Alinskyite could get behind.
Today's House Judiciary Oversight Hearing on DOJ is not going to be fun for Eric Holder. Watch it live here.

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