Gun Used in Paris Terrorist Attacks Came from Phoenix, AZ

A similar AK was recovered in Germany in 2012.
An AK similar to this one was used in the 2015 Paris terror attack.
Judicial Watch
Judicial Watch

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

A Report of Investigation (ROI) filed by a case agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tracked the gun used in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix gun owner who sold it illegally, “off book,” Judicial Watch’s law enforcement sources confirm.

Federal agents tracing the firearm also found the Phoenix gun owner to be in possession of an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to law enforcement officials with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.

The investigative follow up of the Paris weapon consisted of tracking a paper trail using a 4473 form, which documents a gun’s ownership history by, among other things, using serial numbers.

The Phoenix gun owner that the weapon was traced back to was found to have at least two federal firearms violations—for selling one weapon illegally and possessing an unregistered automatic—but no enforcement or prosecutorial action was taken against the individual.

Instead, ATF leaders went out of their way to keep the information under the radar and ensure that the gun owner’s identity was “kept quiet,” according to law enforcement sources involved with the case.

“Agents were told, in the process of taking the fully auto, not to anger the seller to prevent him from going public,” a veteran law enforcement official told Judicial Watch.

It’s not clear if the agency, which is responsible for cracking down on the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, did this because the individual was involved in the Fast and Furious gun-running scheme. An ATF spokesman, Corey Ray, at the agency’s Washington D.C. headquarters told Judicial Watch that “no firearms used in the Paris attacks have been traced” by the agency. When asked about the ROI report linking the weapon used in Paris to Phoenix, Ray said “I’m not familiar with the report you’re referencing.” Judicial Watch also tried contacting the Phoenix ATF office, but multiple calls were not returned.

The ATF ran the Fast and Furious experiment and actually allowed criminals, “straw purchasers,” working for Mexican drug cartels to buy weapons at federally licensed firearms dealers in Phoenix and allowed the guns to be “walked”—possessed without any knowledge of their whereabouts.

The government lost track of most of the weapons and many have been used to murder hundreds of innocent people as well as a U.S. Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, in Arizona. A mainstream newspaper reported that a Muslim terrorist who planned to murder attendees of a Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas last year bought a 9-millimeter pistol at a Phoenix gun shop that participated in the ATF’s Fast and Furious program despite drug and assault charges that should have raised red flags.

Judicial Watch has thoroughly investigated Fast and Furious and has sued the Obama administration for information about the once-secret operation.

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  • 77 thoughts on “Gun Used in Paris Terrorist Attacks Came from Phoenix, AZ

    1. The Doggie-Doo promised us a transparent administration, and he has delivered it. One has no problem seeing how corrupt this SOB and his administration is, it is totally transparent. Of coarse he knows that there is no one that will oppose him. The Republicans are beholding only to their campaign contributors, the hell with the people. I just hope that we can get Trump in office with a solid conservative VP and shove it up the a** of these RINO PIGS.

    2. Should the families of those killed send a thank you to the ATF and erik holder for their efforts in providing firearms to the less fortunate muslim killers??????

    3. Anybody that thinks that Obama’s Fast and Furious was about tracing guns and law enforcement is naïve at best . Obama intends to gut the Constitution at any cost; Fast and Furious was simply a way to put legal guns in the hands of the vicious cartels and terrorists, intending these gun and the terrible toll of violence and death to be ammunition with which to attack gun rights and the Constitution. The plan is still playing out and you can see by some of these posts that it is working. Obama and his administration do not care a lick about human lives being sacrificed, all they want is to succeed with their objectives. Obama is smoke and mirrors, as are most democrats, consummate liars dealing malarkey to a gullible and ignorant public. If you are intelligent, informed, have a degree of vison and are capable of analysis under the premise of “in totality,” then Obama’s actions, speeches, attitudes, friends, admirers and admired, etc., should lead you to the conclusion that his ideology and social objectives are closer to those of Stalin than that of an American patriot. He and the liberal establishment are undermining this country’s foundations, and doing a damn fine job of it. How the hell do you wake up the morons?

    4. WTF! Are ou serious? Okay people, wake up and open your eyes and see how truly crooked that Barry Hussein NoBOma is. He should swing from a tree with a nice tight rope around his no good neck!!!

    5. Time to charge B.Soetero and E.Holder as accomplices to murder, 60 counts. Come on French Government put out a warrant for these two!

    6. Maybe the world court (sick) should get involved and press charges against POTUS, DOJ, ATF and all others that were involved. They wouldn’t do anything either, but it might get the world to notice how big a POS these ELECTED officials are!!!

      1. The Constitution of the United States of America does not allow for any outside country’s laws to have any effect within our borders.

        Geez people? Read and understand the fundamental Basics first before you go running off on tangents?

    7. All of this corruption that the Republicans have allowed to take place is the most disturbing thing I can think of. If they had done their job this POS in the White House would have been impeached or at least had some push back. The Republican, leadership ?, has put the American people and our country in grave danger. They are worthless POS them selves and feckless cowards.

    8. This article is a disaster for Judicial Watch as far as I am concerned. Using a pic of an AK from April of 2012 from another news organization in Europe and making it seem as if it is the weapon they speak of in this article is pretty much making the entire story a lie. Tracking (doing a TRACE) a stolen weapon can only be done if there is a paper trail. It starts at the maker or importer and goes forward to the last holder or FFL of the weapon. If this weapon had an import mark or serial number from the importer on it the ATF could begin there search of the importers records and move on from there to where they sold the weapon. It does not ever get done by the 4473 form but by the records book the dealers keep. Once the weapon is found in the bound book of the FFL it is then shown as to where it went and the next in line of possession is contacted.
      If the AK has no identifiable marks from the maker or importer no trace can be done. On an AK that is built from parts kits the serial number on the trunions are useless as the importer would assign a new number when it enters the country, if it is a completed working firearm. If it is a parts kits that is what it is, jut parts until someone buys it and put a new receiver on it with a new serial number on that receiver. So this story is fiction.

      1. “Using a pic of an AK from April of 2012 from another news organization in Europe and making it seem as if it is the weapon they speak of in this article is pretty much making the entire story a lie.”

        READ THE CAPTION UNDER THE PHOTO OF THE AK REAL S-L-O-W.

    9. this was all done in secret to gain support for the UN small arms confiscation treaty, but they got caught!!!

    10. Regardless of who you pin the blame on, the moral of this story is “Don’t play with guns! Those things can kill a fella!”

    11. In a sane political world, this would mean dismantlement of the BATFE. It’s a paper-pushing, bureaucratic, dangerous mess that does things for which the FBI would be much better suited. But the BATFE has served to carry out dirty, illegal jobs, keeping blame from blue ribbon agencies and the administration. Seems Fast and Furious stepped over the line, even the one established by our charlatan king. Time to rid the nation of this scurrilous bunch by pushing responsibility for alcohol & tobacco back to the states, and leave firearms & explosives to the better educated, trained and experienced FBI agents. And while we’e at it, exchange the current revenue processing system from the IRS to a less terrifying system, e.g., Fair Tax or sales tax.

      1. why put firearms, illegally meddled with and controlled by FedGov who are NOT TO INFRINGE upon our right to own and use them, onto the FBI? Not even the states can lawfully control firearms, as possession and use of them SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED… and please note well: that document does not limit what or whom might be infringing that should not be so doing. It is FedGov’s burden to assure our right to arms is NOT INFRINGED by anything, or anyone, any time, any place. FedGov have NO PLACE to have anything to do with firearms at any level for any cause. Nor do states, counties, cities, etc. Remember, it says the right OF THE PEOPLE to keep and bear…. shall NOT BE INFRINGED.

        1. Interstate and international trafficking of illegal (fully automatic, et al.) firearms is a federal crime and within the FBI’s ambit. Many explosives also need federal investigation from time to time, especially those entering the U.S. in shoes, underwear and vests. States bear the greatest responsibility for ensuring nuts, felons and terrorists are neutered. Perhaps bounties would help. I believe the most effective and least costly way to neuter nuts, felons and terrorists is to arm and train every peaceable, lawful citizen interested in self defense.

          1. The ownership of fully automatic firearms is NOT illegal! As is the ownership of Tanks artillery pieces certain aircraft you just have to have the money in the proper, “permits” in place.

            Virtually anything bought and paid for by the American taxpayer can be owned by the American taxpayer.

            It amazes me how Society is been so dumbed down through distractions other than their want and thirst to know their rights and liberties?

    12. Does this mean we can thank ATF and our commie muslim for supplying the world WITH GUNS? Won’t read this in the DEMOCRATS PARTY PRESS. Thank you to the POS president. We don’t need enemies because we have DEMOCRATS and obama/clinton.

      I believe this makes the ATF, holder and the muslim libel under the accessory after the fact law therefore file murder charges on all of them. Hey loretta lynch are you listening? Forget prosecuting people for disagreeing with “global warming AKA climate change” and go after those who support murder under the guise of government action. Or are you going to white wash it like you will against hillary as a favor to billy the rapist?

    13. What a government we have. Sells guns to catch bad guys and looses track so they end up being use in a terror attack and NOT A SINGLE PERSON IS IN JAIL OR EVEN FIRED!!! But pussy boy Obama want’s to take our legal guns!!!! If this madness is not stopped the US is doomed. I would say we would be the laughing stock of the world, but we already are!

        1. perhaps it went to Australia to be cut up with the rest of the confiscations…did you see the sickening video?

      1. The caption under the photo states “An AK similar to this one was used in the 2015 Paris terror attack.”
        There is no claim that the pictured AK is an actual weapon recovered in the Paris terrorist attack.

        1. No No, it’s the same thing only different. These guns walk around looking for targets, why I had one go by my house the other day, I ran inside and hid in the attic.

    14. When the government lies to us it’s called politics. We we lie to the government its called a crime. If citizens illegally sell guns its called “gun running.” When the government does it its called, “Fast and Furious.” How quaint! It’s time to take out the trash in Washington’s “District of Corruption” and elect Donald Trump and also to arrest Hillary Clinton and send her to prison.

        1. Now this is the first correct analogy of what’s happening with Our Country. We are going down the drain very fast and I see little if any light at the end of the tunnel! We need to clean house not fight one another.

    15. I have a good friend of mine who was a Mexican Federal Police Officer. His only problem was, he was and is honest. He would not take “The Mordita.”(little touch). So, his own people gunned him down, but he survived. That’s Mexico, and if the powers that be have their way, it will be that way here. And, for a real ironic twist, his identity was stolen by an illegal alien from Guatamala.

    16. Why would a dealer making an illegal sale bother with a 4473 form? With 75 million AK rifles manufactured in Europe and Asia, why would they smuggle a civilian semiauto AK out of the USA and into Europe?

      The whole story seems to be just another obama plot to justify more restrictions on FFLs.

      Fast and Furious was not intended to track guns used by the Mexican cartels. It was intended to show the retail FFLs were a supplier of guns to the Mexican cartels. In order to do that a gun had to be left at the crime scene where an American died. It just happened to e Brian Terry. The Mexican President had previously addressed Congress asking for American gun control. Americans figured that Mexican crime was Mexico’s problem. So F&F had to kill an American and the gun had to be left so it could be traced. The plot might have succeeded except for a few honest ATF agents who blew the whistle.
      The major source of US made guns to the Mexican cartels is the US DEA providing arms to Mexican police to fight the war on drugs. Many of those guns get diverted for cash from corrupt cops.

      1. Our Administration is as corrupt as México’s or any Middle Eastern one. And, of course, México is the safest country in North America, since center-fire firearms are strictly forbidden…lol

      2. its likely the sale was mae using the 4473 to make it appear at first glance a legal one. I’m guessing there were some “anomalies” in the buyer’s identification documents, and the nature of those was not fully reported on the 4473. Any FFL is REQUIRED to log any “disposition” (sale or transfer) in his A&D book to be retained for BATF for 20 years. By “fudging” with the documentation, the sale would appear on the face of it to be legal….. and match with the Disposition record in the A&D log. It would take, as has happened here, a specific weapon being recovered under adverse circumstances for it to be traced…. manufacturer/importer, to distributor/wholesaler, to retail FFL as First Seller… as happened here.. to cause anyone to look past the surface of the A&D record.

        These guys are stupid, as any NEW weapon will easily be traced in this way to first retail purchaser. To evade such tracing, simply buy used. THEN the trace would have to go from first retail purchaser to subsequent sale to someone, then to a different FFL (or even the same). There is currently no way of bridging that time/ownership gap… and THIS is precisely why the kinyun’s minyuns are so adamant about “Universal Background Checks”. and the dirty nasty little secret they never talk about, the creation of a nationwide database able to track current ownership of every weapon in the country by recording ALL sales and collating them into an integrated record… much like motor vehicles are now tied to a specific owner through perhaps a dozen or more distinct sales and across multiple states. Having a complete record of every gun within the US and who has it NOW is their goal. Don’t be fooled.

        Of course, with some 450 Mn guns now in private hands, many of them having been through multiple owners since First Sale, they have an impossible task. Private sales “off book” will continue, despite Mikey Bloomburg’s $millions to the contrary. Everyone I know who owns guns has one or more that would be impossible to trace back to them… and through no particular effort on their part. Guns I used to own, and have since sold through online auctions and shipped, per 18 USC, to FFL’s for transfer to the new owhers still will not trace to the period when I owned them.. nor to the current owner (assuming, not certainly, the one who bought from me five years ago still has it) even though every sale since new was through an FFL and those records still are written in every FFL’s A&D book. There is just no way to connect these individual sales in a continuous line of ownership. And THAT drives the distaff Clinton unit beyond barmy, along with her wretched sidekicks DiFi and Pugliugly.

      3. A 4473 was used to have evidence on the US Citizen that was going to move the weapons to Mexico. Got to have evidence that it was illegal straw purchase and exportation. This was done to make more snitches like the gun dealer snitch that was used.

    17. Does this keep the BATFE “necessary and pertinent”? or does it suggest that there is no need for this branch of LE? I’m going to go with the latter as it seems they are not engaged in LE but rather in political chicanery.

      1. Good points… and since there is NO Constitutional authority for FedGov to manage, track, regulate, control, tax, account for, or infringe upon the ownership or use of firearms, BATF are as useful as a cancerous teat on an ancient boar hog. End that, and a pile of other Alphabet Soup agencies that suck dry out tax dollars, create criminals out of thin air, restrict/eliminiate our God-given rights, introduce illegal activities, and generally are worse than a waste.

    18. Death Toll rises with “Fast and Furious” debacle another Policy Fail by Obama. Sadly, the Whistle Blower is shamed and the rest go Free. We have thousands of Dead People.

    19. I’m no fan of Ofuckus, but Fast & Furious started under Bush so report accurately or you just defeat our battle for our Rights. Provide date of purchase to substantiate a claim it’s just Obama/Holder as I find Bush/Cheney as just as accountable for letting the operation start in the first place. Tar and feather them all!!!!!!!

      1. Fast and Furious did not start under the Bush administration.

        A gun-walking operation called “Linebacker” was conducted during the Bush administration, but it wasn’t like Fast and Furious. Linebacker was conducted with the cooperation of Mexican authorities. All of the guns involved were recovered.

        Fast and Furious was conducted without even informing Mexican authorities. Thus far, the guns involved have been used in at least 300 murders. Many of the guns are still unaccounted for.

        Your President is a criminal.

        1. The BUSH GUNS ALSO had RFID trackers embedded in the stocks; When the cartels discovered this, the Program ended.

        2. Gunwalker/Fast and Furious was implemented in order to supply the Sinaloa Cartel of Norhtern Mexico with abundant and sophisticated arms to strengthen them in their turf war with the other major Mexican cartels. WHY? Simple…. our FedGov boys have strong contacts and relationships with the operators in charge of Sinaloa. It is via the Sinaloa cartel most of the drugs entering the US come here, and our FedGov boys tend to profit heavily in a number of ways when drugs some across into the US. By “keeping it in the family” they tend to not only profit well, but retain a better level of control over volume, distrivbution, price, the competeion, and can better manage the political theatre that is necessary to maintain the profitable “war on drugs”. Just think… if nothing were coming in, and possession were legal here in the states, they would be out of a job… and their seventy millions of dollars per year to play with and consume upon their sorry selves. By suppressing the other cartels across Mexico, and elevating Sinaloa, “everyone” (that is “anyone”) wins. And WE lose.

          Bush’s programme, Wide Receiver, was totally different, and had as a plausible goal the intent to track the weapons to their receivers, then take signficant action to destroy the cartels and operatives in Mexico. It met with some success, as all arms involved were well accounted for and tracked. F&F never made even a show of an attempt at tracking.. it was exclusively a supply operation. Since Americans have died in direct result of F&F, and serious costs have been incurred here in the US, this programme rises to the level of making war upon a state, or several states……. treason. It should be prosecuted as such.

          1. And you have some REAL knowledge of the drivel you just posted??? I was the Federal Director of Drug Interdiction Task Force for MANY a year and your comments are not only wrong but totally egregious! What you wrote is so close to libel if you had mentioned anyone in specific I would actually encourage/support them to litigate your amazingly unbelievable nonsensical comments.
            Wake up there is no universal conspiracy. The cartels in the central Americas have NO financial incentives to the US agencies and although yes the Mexican side is surely less honorable and honest the top echelon is not guilty of bribery or financial incentives. I am SURE that in every agency there is someone who gains personally but in general your comments are so off putting and rude that you should be blocked from the site.
            Wake up and smell the flowers the only thing between the cartels kicking down your door and offering your kids or grandkids a solid dose of illegal drugs is the hard working underpaid agency agents that every day put their lives on the line so idiots like you can accuse them of wrong doing and collusion.
            Dr D

            1. I might have set some people off, but I’m with you on this one Dr Dave. WOW!!!!! What a f’n reach.

            2. Dr D: So that is why, in a GOOD year, only 10% of all illegal drugs heading into the USA are interdicted? Quit patting yourself on the back; you are going to break your arm. Grow up. P.S. The Mexican top echelon is not guilty of bribery? Here is proof they are corrupt: THEY ARE ALIVE.

        3. Who really knows the truth? At 64, I started online college courses. I do not like what I see going in the country I served 13 years; Vietnam at 19, there I could see that the USA was heading towards a bad end. As a Nation, we are doomed! We don’t learn anything from our mistakes, just one really stupid country. I walk around wearing a cap, “Vietnam Veteran”, the number of people who say something! I can count both hands for the whole year; it’s less. How many of you ever visit a VA Hospital? One year, giving up a little of your time volunteering? Cancer from Agent Orange, 100% disabled. What more can we who served do for this nation? Our nation is end the shape it is because of us, the American people!

      2. Wrong, it didn’t start under Bush. That was an entirely different and separate program called Wide Receiver that ended a full two years before Obama came into office.

      3. YOU are the one who is uninformed. The Bush operation was done in cooperation with the Mexican Gov’t, in an attempt to to track drug dealers. It was cancelled when Mexican Officials didn’t hold up their end.

        The Obama/Holder operation was done with the specific goal of putting illegal weapons into the hands of Mexican drug gangs. When those weapons starting showing up at crime scenes, the plan was to use that as justification to confiscate all firearms from AMERICAN citizens

        Quit trying to blow smoke up our associates, and admit you are really an Obama voter.

      4. It doesn’t matter where it started it continued under OhDumbasses watch. And if you didn pay that close attention you would know that there were five such operations at the time and it was all politically word-smithed down just to the one operation Fast and Furious.

        1. Not true. You can’t continue something that had been stopped, especially when it was stopped for two years before Fast & Furious ever began. Stop trying to conflate the two and start looking at historical timelines.

          1. I was using speech to text and of course this system doesn’t give us a chance to edit before we publish.

            I did not intend to imply that Bush’s operations were in any way in full operation over onto the Obama Administration.

            Bush’s operations were complete before he left office.

            However if you look back at the news during 2009 when it started coming out there were five such operations, Gun Walker, Gunrunner. Fast and Furious, Operation Seven Seas? or something like that down in the Caribbean and there was another one.

            I was reading about all five of those operations in the Dallas Morning News back in 2008 or 2009 that I can remember they had such a large list of operations going on to cover all the southern border gun dealers from California all the way across the Florida and down in the Caribbean island areas.

            Dallas news story shouldn’t be hard to find on the internet somewhere but you will also see where everything started getting Wordsmith down to just focus on Fast and Furious because agent Brian Terry what’s a border patrol agent and fellow Marine that got murdered with one of those weapons.

            I can only imagine how bad the situation could have gotten is Brian Terry was not murdered and a weapon found at the murder site.

            Also the disgrace our nation has faced because that piece of shit in the White House and that spineless thug Eric Holder along with the BATFE and all others involved never even bothered to apologise to the family for the murder of their son!

            No person or group of persons have power and authority Above the Law unless, WE THE PEOPLE coward down like little sheep and allow them to have it!

            The solution will be to put Trump in the White House, allow his administration to clean up the whorehouse and DC and indict those as necessary for the murder of Brian Terry and each and every other agent or citizen that has been murdered along the way of these imbecilic acts of what is true domestic terrorism!

      5. You are exactly right. Obama inherited fast and furious from the Bush administration. But do you expect a conservative organization to tell the truth? It’s the same BS they’ve been peddling about the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. They conveniently forget that it was Bush who signed the withdrawal agreement. Obama simply carried out the terms of that agreement

        1. Gerard Johnson you are totally wrong – “Obama inherited fast and furious from the Bush administration” is a flat out LIE. It is continually being used by the left to try to deflect the sole and total responsibility for the criminal debacle that was and is F&F. The ONLY similarities between the two operations is that there were guns involved. Bush’s program had many oversight/control pieces in place (like RFID trackers) AND was shut down as soon as the ‘bad guys’ figured out what was going on. One of their tactics was to simply wait until the batteries for the trackers to run out. There was little (if any) oversight for F&F – as is dramatically illustrated by the FACT that F&F guns are still showing up. The particular gun from Paris MAY not have been an actual F&F gun but it is at best ‘suspicious’ that it was sold ‘off the books’ by a dealer from Phoenix who had previously been given a ‘pass’ by atf.

      1. This is a people’s republic ruled by Mullah Hussein. Otherwise, he and Eric Holder would have been arrested, indicted, tried and imprisoned (Dang! No death penalty!)

      2. YES! You alright but now it is up to see if Paul Ryan has the balls to order his Sergeant at Arms to start distributing the handcuffs and make the arrests!

        1. We all know the Republicans will do nothing to stop the illegal happenings coming out of Washington every day. That has been proven time and time again. They like to say it cost them the next election after they convicted slick willie. If they have been there over two terms, kick them to the curb. If the have gotten older than 70 while in office, kick them to the curb.
          To reply to your post, it is obvious Ryan doesn’t have the balls.

        2. Paul Ryan doesn’t have the guts to do anything to Obama, even if Obama himself would have the manliness and guts to use an illegal AK-47 in the house and gun down 1/3 rd of the house! Ryan would just whimper and wring his hands.

        3. Politicians don’t have balls, they are bought, and castrated by their owners (you know, the ones that bought their offices for them) so they don’t stray. They don’t even know or care anything about the people that they are supposed to represent.

      3. At least murder, and with all the other obstructions of justice, treason becomes a strong probrability!

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