Tags: Issa | ATF | gun stores

Issa Subpoenas ATF for Documents on Gun-Store Raids

Image: Issa Subpoenas ATF for Documents on Gun-Store Raids

Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 05:04 PM

By Cathy Burke

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee head Darrell Issa has subpoenaed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for documents concerning its controversial storefront gun stings, complaining the committee’s repeated request for the information have been ignored.

"After more than a year of promised cooperation, multiple letters to you, and several unfulfilled document requests, I have no choice today but to issue the enclosed subpoena to compel the production of documents relevant to the Committee’s investigation," the California Republican wrote Wednesday night to ATF Director B. Todd Jones, and reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Thursday.

Issa set a March 31 deadline.

The House committee probe, and a Department of Justice inspector general investigation, followed a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation of the stings, dubbed Operation Fearless.

According to the newspaper, the agency used mentally disabled people to promote operations and then arrested them on drug and gun charges; opened storefronts close to schools and churches, boosting their arrest numbers and penalties; and attracted juveniles with free video games and alcohol.

The operations were carried out across the nation, a spokeswoman for the Oversight committee said in a statement Thursday, noting the Journal Sentinel’s reporting "made clear that Operation Fearless was fundamentally mismanaged, evidenced by the fact that nearly $40,000 in merchandise and three guns were stolen from ATF agents during the operation, including a fully-automatic rifle."

Describing stings in other parts of the country, the committee spokeswoman said "in one case, the ATF exploited a mentally disabled man to work at the storefront. In another, the ATF had a mentally disabled man tattoo a squid smoking a joint on his neck."

The subpoena is seeking all communications about Operation Fearless conducted since January 2010 in Milwaukee, Portland, Ore., Wichita, Kan., Albuquerque, N.M., Pensacola, Fla., and Atlanta, Ga.

Related Stories:


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

DHS Memo: Obama Amnesty for Drunk Drivers, Drug Dealers

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 16:12 PM

President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration is similar to the JusticeDepartment's enforcement of marijuana  . . .

Ferguson Experiences Third Straight Night of Unrest

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 15:39 PM

Authorities arrested three protesters during a third straight night of unrest in Ferguson as tensions mount amid specula . . .

US Releases Guantanamo Prisoner to Saudi Arabia

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 15:31 PM

A Saudi inmate held for 12 years at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on suspicion of fighting in Afghanistan for . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved