posted on Sep, 25 2013 @ 01:43 PM
In another odd turn of events, the ATF, the only Federal agency that is to be tasked with weapons tracing, was NOT utilized in the hours following the
shooting at the Naval Yard.
Within hours of the Navy Yard shootings, the FBI had traced the gunman's recent shotgun purchase and sent agents to the shop in northern
Virginia where he bought it. Left out of the loop was the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a surprising snub between top U.S. law
enforcement agencies that comes as the ATF struggles to show its relevance in Washington.
The ATF is the federal agency in charge of tracing guns used in crimes, including the military-style semi-automatic rifle used in rampage at a
Connecticut school last year, a similar rifle used in the deadly shooting at a Colorado movie theater and a handgun used to kill six people and
critically wound a congresswoman, among others, outside a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz.
By the afternoon of the Navy Yard shootings, FBI agents — not ATF agents — were in northern Virginia at the gun shop where Aaron Alexis, 34,
bought a Remington 870 Express shotgun and about two dozen shells barely 48 hours earlier. By day's end it was clear that the shotgun, which Alexis
altered with a sawed-down barrel and shoulder stock, was purchased legally after Alexis showed his valid Texas driver's license and passed both a
state and federal background check.
But the ATF wasn't involved.
A former ATF Director of Field Operations had this to say
"I have never seen an instance where ATF had not been relied upon to trace the gun," said Mike Bouchard, a former ATF assistant director for field
operations. "I have never heard of a situation like that."
By 6 p.m. Monday, the day of the shooting, The Associated Press had learned that the shotgun had been legally purchased at a gun shop in Lorton, Va.
When asked about those details, the ATF said its trace had not been completed. ATF spokeswoman Ginger Colbrun said in a statement Friday that once ATF
traced the shotgun, that information was handed off to the FBI, which is leading the investigation. She declined to say when the ATF completed its
"ATF is the sole federal agency that is authorized to conduct firearms tracing," Colbrun said in the statement. The ATF's National Tracing Center "is
authorized to trace a firearm for a law enforcement agency involved in a bona fide criminal investigation."
The FBI's Washington Field Office declined to comment on the investigation.
Why would this be done? I think it shows that there is a national gun registry that the public does not know about and is not authorized according to
the 1968 overhaul of gun laws.
It goes on to mention that the ATF has not had a leader since 2006 and when the Navy Yard shooting occurred the new chief had been in place less than
This is the line that has me concerned...
Bouchard said another law enforcement agency asking for gun sales records could be confusing for licensed dealers who have become accustomed to
dealing with the ATF.
It is only a matter of time now. They have precedent. They can say they found it with existing resources and should be law to allow for a national gun
registry...or did they show their hand when they did not want to.
Link to video of shooter inside building
He does NOT look crazy to me....
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