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Discussion in 'Activism' started by Conju, Dec 4, 2007.

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  1. Conju

    Conju Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Senate Close To Confirming A Ted Kennedy-style Liberal To BATFE
    -- Contact your Senator immediately

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
    8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
    Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

    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

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

    CONTACT: Please ask your Senators to oppose anti-gunner Michael
    Sullivan as the Director of the BATFE. You can use the pre-written
    message below and send it as an e-mail by visiting the GOA
    Legislative Action Center at http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm
    (where phone and fax numbers are also available).
  2. CU74

    CU74 Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    I have already sent email messages to my tow senators. Hope others here will do the same.
  3. moojpg2

    moojpg2 Member

    Aug 3, 2007
    Western Massachusetts
    I will, but I'm wasting my time,:banghead:, I live in MA
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