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Fox news Now I can just imagine how this being quoted from Fox news will bring out the usual crowd of the "faux news" crowd but this is based on a A.P. story and I have quite a few other non-Fox links to back it up.Miami Herald or Forbes Anyway this is very interesting due to one little fact all the sources mention.
PHOENIX (AP) — A U.S. senator is examining a claim that two guns sold in purchases sanctioned by federal firearms agents were later used in a December shootout that left a Border Patrol agent dead near the Arizona-Mexico border.
In the follow-up letter to Melson, Grassley said an ATF manager in Phoenix questioned an agent who answered questions posed by Grassley staffers about the agency's initiative to reduce the flow of firearms to Mexico. The manager accused the agent of misconduct for his contacts with the judiciary committee, Grassley said.
The BATFE has routinely asked for cooperation from gun dealers to identify suspicious gun purchases. Just as routinely, dealers contact the bureau when they suspect straw purchases are occurring. The allegation now is that the BATFE has instructed dealers to complete those sales and report descriptions of the buyers, but that the agency then failed to prevent those firearms from being smuggled to Mexico. If true, the allegations cast grave doubt on the value of the bureau's new proposal for multiple sales reporting. In December, the BATFE asked the White House to approve a requirement that licensed gun dealers in the border states report multiple sales of semi-automatic rifles larger than .22 caliber that have a detachable magazine, much as dealers now report multiple sales of handguns. The agency claims the move is needed to assist in the efforts to stop gun running into Mexico.