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Posted: 12/4/2007 9:39:26 AM EDT
Just got this email from the GOA:

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


"We'll miss him in Massachusetts, but he'll be a strong leader at
ATF, and I look forward to working with him on key issues on gun
control." -- Senator Ted Kennedy


The above quote highlights all you need to know about Michael
Sullivan, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives.

Sullivan was, unfortunately, nominated by President Bush to
permanently take over ATF this year.
Right before Thanksgiving, the
Senate "hotlined" his name for unanimous consent approval.
(Hotlining is a parliamentary maneuver which allows non-controversial
bills or nominations to be unanimously approved by the Senate without
debate or a vote.)

GOA immediately sent a letter to each Senator's office, urging them
to oppose the Sullivan nomination. Thankfully, one senator
subsequently objected to Sullivan's approval, and his nomination was
put on hold. However, that legislator is now coming under fire from
other senators, who are asking him to withdraw his "hold."

That's why it's important for gun owners to contact their two
Senators. Under Sullivan's leadership, the ATF has gone berserk.
Sure, the problems at ATF didn't originate with him, but Sullivan has
certainly done nothing to put out the fire.

While discussing the agency's 2008 appropriations bill, the House
Commerce & Justice committee issued a stinging rebuke for the ATF:

"The committee has heard reports that ATF has pursued license
revocations and denials against firearms dealers based on violations
that consist largely of recordkeeping errors of various types that
are unlikely to impede tracing investigations or prosecution of
individuals who use firearms in crime. The Committee encourages ATF
to consider lesser gradation of sanctions for recordkeeping errors."
[House Committee report on HR 3093.]

The strategy, that was begun long before Sullivan arrived, has
continued unabated under his tutelage. ATF inspectors try to find
any violation they can, usually focusing on clerical mistakes.

A family gun business that had been in operation for years in
Baltimore, Maryland was attacked because of the "wanton, repeated
crime" of abbreviating Baltimore as "Blto" on the teeny, tiny spaces
on the 4473 forms.

Now, the agency has turned their collective guns on Red's Trading
Post in Idaho, among others. Even though one ATF agent told the
manager that Red's was "one of the best small gun shops" he'd ever
seen, the ATF has continued its assault on this gun shop (which has
been in business for decades) for minor clerical mistakes and failing
to put up a poster.

According to WorldNetDaily, one judge who is familiar with the Red's
Trading Post case found "the ATF speaks of violations found during
the inspections of 2000 and 2005, but fails to reveal that additional
investigations in 2001 and 2007 revealed no violations or problems."
The judge also noted the ATF was exaggerating the situation by
"double counting" some violations.

The agency holds a continuing animus against gun owners and dealers.
Inspectors have no handbook under which to operate, and the absence
of such written procedures allows them to be arbitrary and
capricious.

Americans don't need an anti-gun cop from Massachusetts as the
Director of the federal gun police.


Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:41:52 AM EDT
Don't worry. I'm sure it's just a trick to lull the gun grabbers into overconfidence.
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:43:27 AM EDT
Bush is our friend! All Policiticans _______!
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:44:36 AM EDT
Get your tax stamps while you can boys
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:45:04 AM EDT
This post would have been a perfect fit for Michael Brown of FEMA fame.
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:46:03 AM EDT
Coming out of Mass,it can't be good.
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:47:20 AM EDT
98% of the agents in the BATFE are extremely anti-gun, some even believe guns should be out-lawed all together. Why are you guys acting so surprised about Michael Sullivan? He's just one more member in the gang.
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:47:47 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:50:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dpmmn:
WTF happened to the GW I voted for


He turned into a vagina.
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:51:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dpmmn:
WTF happened to the GW I voted for
He's busy analy raping us.
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:52:23 AM EDT
We need to win Heller....
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:52:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/4/2007 9:53:03 AM EDT by Bubbles]

Originally Posted By packnru:
GOA immediately sent a letter to each Senator's office, urging them to oppose the Sullivan nomination. Thankfully, one senator subsequently objected to Sullivan's approval, and his nomination was put on hold. However, that legislator is now coming under fire from other senators, who are asking him to withdraw his "hold."


Just as an FYI since GOA didn't include it in the alert, the senator who objected is Larry Craig.
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:53:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dpmmn:
WTF happened to the GW I voted for



CFR = It was a trap!


I feel like a tool I fuckin gave money and activly campaigned for him.
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:53:52 AM EDT
Wait a second! Was the last guy that ran the BATFE a ARFCOMMER or something? Can I see his ammo fort? Did he "Get Both". Does he have his Zombie Preparedness Kit? Did he shoot a cat and post a Dinner Pic?

What has changed?
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:54:59 AM EDT
Why not Sarah Brady?
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:55:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dpmmn:
WTF happened to the GW I voted for


+1

oh, wait, I voted for him both elections, +2
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:56:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Torf:
Wait a second! Was the last guy that ran the BATFE a ARFCOMMER or something? Can I see his ammo fort? Did he "Get Both". Does he have his Zombie Preparedness Kit? Did he shoot a cat and post a Dinner Pic?

What has changed?


No, there is an NFA examiner that posts from time to time. But no one in any real authority.

If we could get an ARFcommer into the head of BATFE, our lives would get alot easier.

We probably wouldn't have to worry about VFGs on pistols, and I could get my spring back.
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:57:08 AM EDT
Someone already wrote a book about it..........

Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:57:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dpmmn:
WTF happened to the GW I voted for


He lied. Got your vote. Did his big government thing.
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:59:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dpmmn:
WTF happened to the GW I voted for

Someone convinced him that it really was hispanics and democrats who voted him into office.
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 9:59:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bubbles:

Originally Posted By packnru:
GOA immediately sent a letter to each Senator's office, urging them to oppose the Sullivan nomination. Thankfully, one senator subsequently objected to Sullivan's approval, and his nomination was put on hold. However, that legislator is now coming under fire from other senators, who are asking him to withdraw his "hold."


Just as an FYI since GOA didn't include it in the alert, the senator who objected is Larry Craig.


Beat me to it.
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 10:01:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By PromptCritical:

If we could get an ARFcommer into the head of BATFE, our lives would get alot easier.

We probably wouldn't have to worry about VFGs on pistols, and I could get my spring back.



You underestimate the power of the central beauracracy.

But, you are right on about an ARFcommer heading ATF - I nominate... FadedSun (was that him?).
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 10:02:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Rosenrot:
98% of the agents in the BATFE are extremely anti-gun, some even believe guns should be out-lawed all together. Why are you guys acting so surprised about Michael Sullivan? He's just one more member in the gang.


That hasn't been my experience with the BATFE Agents I worked with. They were actually more anoyed by clerical type laws and tended to focus more on major straw purchasing or felons with guns.

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