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Posted: 2/11/2006 12:12:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/11/2006 12:16:17 PM EDT by Mattl]
Seriously? This may not be an original idea but how about a petition to disband the BATFE? In light of recent abuses (Virginia gun shows, Katrina) and general conservative and Libertarian contempt for them I think it may have legs and at the minimum if large numbers sign on Congress must take notice.


I just think the BATFE should be a convenience store not a federal agency.
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 12:18:53 PM EDT
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Virginia - Oversight Hearing Set on BATFE Abuse at Richmond, VA Gun Show

On February 15, at 4:00 p.m., the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security will hold an oversight hearing to investigate apparent wrongdoing by BATFE at a Richmond, VA gun show last August.

In 2004-05, a troubling pattern emerged at a number of Richmond, VA-area gun shows, where hundreds of BATFE agents and state and local police staked out local shows. Immediately upon learning of these incidents, NRA began investigating and working to ensure congressional oversight hearings would be held to determine any wrongdoing and ensure BATFE was not overstepping its bounds or violating the law.

BATFE agents copied lawful gun purchase transaction records and provided this information to local police officers, who in turn conducted "residency checks." Federal law prohibits the release of this information except to state and local police to identify prohibited purchasers or recipients of guns. The information provided to local police prompted multiple instances of officers showing up at the homes of those who lawfully purchased firearms from licensed dealers at area gun shows. On occasions when the lawful purchasers were not at home, agents questioned family members (for example, inquiring of a wife if she knew her husband was at a gun show and/or had purchased a firearm) or their neighbors. In other cases, reports surfaced of lawful gun owners and holders of valid carry permits having their firearms confiscated.
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Those interested in watching the hearings online may do so at http://judiciary.house.gov/schedule.aspx.

Read more about this issue at http://www.nraila.org/News/Read/InTheNews.aspx?ID=6424



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Link Posted: 2/11/2006 12:25:11 PM EDT
.........You simply write a letter to your elected officials and they will get right on it............

.........................................................................and I said it with a straight face!...........
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 12:30:13 PM EDT
The functions of the BATF&E needs to be moved to other departments, regulation of alcohol and tobacco logically needs to go commerce and firearms and explosives to the FBI. The BATF&E is left over from the Prohibition-era days of 1910-20s
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 3:03:12 PM EDT
Do not question your overlords, peon.
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 3:05:27 PM EDT
Be prepared for a surveillance when they have your address. I'm serious
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 3:06:33 PM EDT
Haven't been audited lately have we?
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