NSSF Applauds DOJ’s Priorities: Enforce And Prosecute Gun Laws

Opinion by Larry Keane
The Department of Justice launches Project Guardian to enforce and prosecute gun laws.

Attorney General William Barr
NSSF Applauds DOJ's Priorities: Enforce And Prosecute Gun Laws: Attorney General William Barr

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- As the firearms and ammunition industry, we care deeply about Real Solutions to the problems of criminal misuse and unauthorized access to our products. We take action every day through our programs to promote safe, healthy use of firearms by law-abiding citizens. But we know more can be done to enforce existing laws and to prosecute those who break them.

That’s why NSSF applauds the U.S. Justice Department’s (DOJ) announcement this week launching Project Guardian a nationwide strategic plan to reduce the criminal misuse of firearms and to enforce existing federal firearms laws. Project Guardian will “further strengthen” and build on the Trump Administration’s DOJ’s ongoing efforts to combat gun violence.

Project Guardian

Project Guardian complements existing programs to enforce federal laws and facilitate close coordination with state, local and tribal partners and is based on five principles:

  1. Coordinated prosecution: “Federal prosecutors and law enforcement will coordinate with state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecutors to consider potential federal prosecution for new cases involving a defendant who: (a) was arrested in possession of a firearm; (b) is believed to have used a firearm in committing a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime prosecutable in federal court; or (c) is suspected of actively committing violent crime(s) in the community on behalf of a criminal organization.”
  2. Enforcement of federal firearms laws and background checks: “For all cases involving false statements on ATF Form 4473 (including lie-and-try, lie-and-buy, and straw purchasers), unlicensed firearms dealers, and other individuals involved in the illegal trafficking of firearms, the guidelines must place particular emphasis on: (a) violent persons, such as individuals convicted of violent felonies or misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence, individuals subject to protective orders, and individuals who are fugitives where the underlying offense is a felony or misdemeanor crime of domestic violence; (b) individuals suspected of involvement in criminal organizations or of providing firearms to criminal organizations; and ( c) individuals involved in repeat denials.”
  3. Improved information sharing: “… on a regular basis, and as often as practicable given current technical limitations, ATF will provide to state law enforcement fusion centers a report listing individuals for whom NICS has issued denials, including the basis for the denial, so that our state and local law enforcement partners can take appropriate steps under their laws.”
  4. Coordinated response to mental health denials: “United States Attorneys should consult with relevant district stakeholders, including ATF and state or local law enforcement and mental health departments, to assess the feasibility of adopting disruption and early engagement programs to address mental-health-prohibited individuals who, attempt to acquire a firearm and to counter the threat of mass shootings.”
  5. Crime gun intelligence coordination: “Federal, state, local, and tribal prosecutors and law enforcement will work together to ensure effective use of ATF CGICs, and all related resources, to maximize the use of modern intelligence tools and technology, such as the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) and Firearm Tracing, to investigate and prevent gun crime.”

Commitment to Real Solutions

We are strongly encouraged by the Trump administration’s commitment to enforcing the laws that will contribute to public safety while respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. These are the common-sense answers we seek that hold criminals accountable for their actions and keep faith with our communities to be safeguarded against those who prey on the most vulnerable.


National Shooting Sports FoundationAbout National Shooting Sports Foundation

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. www.nssf.org

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MICHAEL J
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MICHAEL J

Enforce and procecute gun laws? What a novel idea. What we have is a system of making criminals out of the law abiding and releasing real criminals out of jail to do it all over again. Only one law is necessary to drive home the point. If you use a gun offensively in a crime, you will be incarcerated for life. This means no bail, no plea bargains, no time off for good behavior, no reduced sentences, no probation and no age restrictions. Draconian measures? Current laws have no effect on criminals intent on breaking laws because they know our… Read more »

The other Jim
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The other Jim

@ Wild Bill, the ATF can be decommissioned by the Secretary of the Treasury…..but they are now under the Justice Department not the Treasury Department (in 2002 when GW Bush created the new dept, The Department of Homeland Security). There has been a lot about disbanding and merging ATF most recently a bill by Congressman Sensenbrenner on January 12, 2017 115th. Congress H.R. 59 The ATF Elimination Act to disband and merge ATF into FBI and DEA. “F Troop has long been the red-headed stepchild of federal law enforcement, passed around from Treasury, to Justice, back to Treasury, and finally… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@ToJ, Clearly, so. I was just trying to point out that BATFE’s weakness is that it was not created by an act of Congress, thus an act of Congress would not be needed to get rid of them. A memo is so much easier than Congressional agreement. We really don’t care from whom the memo comes, as long as it comes for BATFE.
Congress could defund BATFE or pass an act eliminating them, but Congress likes what BATFE is doing. And every politician like that BATFE takes the blame.
A democrat brought us this scheme.

Will
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Will

ABOLISH THE ATF !

Jim
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Jim

AG Barr is just ANOTHER ANTI GUN SOB.
he also was the SOB WHO DEFENDED THAT GOOK SNIPER WHO MURDERED RANDY WEAVERS WIFE WHILE SHE WAS HOLDING HER BABY IN HER ARMS AT RUBY RIDGE AND I HATE THE SOB.

Stag
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Stag

Yet another reason I will never support the NSSF. This organization is applauding an administration that has enacted more gun control in its first to years than the previous two administrations combined. They’re applauding an anti gun scumbag who defended the murderers at Ruby Ridge and Waco. They’re applauding the government for enforcing unconstitutional laws.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Stag, The administration can not enact “gun” control. Only Congress can enact legislation, after which the POTUS’ signature is required for the legislation to become a statute. Even then the S. Ct. can declare that statute unconstitutional, meaning that the statute never was law.
You should feel better, now, because no where in that process is any bureaucracy empowered to make law or change definitions created by Congress.

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

Apparenty NSSF couldn’t care less about SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

Bill
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Bill

Government must always be watched with wariness when it makes laws and when it purports to enforce them. However, there is a narrow range of laws and principles that are actually just and good. (All too often, laws are created, and enforced, that specially serve the interests of particular groups rather than all citizens, that persecute human rights rather than assure them, and that simply burden people for no reason – ever wait at a stop light that would never change, no matter how deserted the streets, and yet one is still legally liable for disobeying it? That is not… Read more »

jack mac
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jack mac

Well, I had typed a comment about “gun laws” and enforcement. It would not post. Instead a pop-up displaying: “some of field value is invalid” and would not post.

Will someone provide me the consideration telling the meaning of this.

MICHAEL J
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MICHAEL J

Censorship?

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@jM, “… some field of value is invalid…”? To find out what that means, I am calling my Real Estate agent!

StWayne
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StWayne

Here we got all the technical firepower in the world available to us, and yet we still whine. Even knowing that they are coming for us, all we do is whine. Surely there came a day when the all the Patriots decided that now was the time? What I’m looking for, as with all things of this nature, is for an incident acting as an incendiary that will motivate kick off. Taxing their tea in 1773 was one thing, but states are now looking at hyper-taxing ammo and firearms without due process, or even proper representation? Maybe what Sleeping Beauty… Read more »

UncleT
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UncleT

AG Bill Barr supported portions of the Brady Bill, said he’d be OK with banning semiautomatic firearms and “high-capacity” magazines,and has said America needs to implement a “Red Flag” gun confiscation scheme. Which, he wrote one and submitted it to Congress. Bill Barr is not a friend of the 2nd Amd. Oppose Barr. Why are so many so called Pro-2A Org support these people and more of their authoritarian and totalitarian actions? With glee!

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

And to think…”our” wonderful President is all for Barr. YEAH!!! Another feather in Trumps anti 2nd amendment cap.

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

William Barr also covered for the Federal Bureau ASSASSIN who MURDERED the WIFE WHILE she held a baby in her arms at RUBY RIDGE!! NO ONE was held accountable for that SLAYING!!!!!!!!

Will
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Will

Vicki Weaver !

Doszap
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Doszap

This is going to be Abused badly Bill Barr Should never of been elected a G, President Trump sold us out by making him the AG he is a serious anti-gunner and having as the chief law-enforcement officer of the country is a sad day for us. So much for Trump and protecting our Second Amendment rights I’ll this is bah blah,blah blather. Next time you see a 4473 if you get a chance read read down to the part about addicted to drugs, ATF in their infinite wisdom has added doctor prescribed prescription drugs to the list of reason… Read more »

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

They will be mentally adjudicating ANYONE who believes in SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED at the rate things are moving.

The other Jim
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The other Jim

Anti Second Amendment William Barr is at it again, not enough work for him to do? He is afraid to go after people who have the money to defend themselves? What about Hillary and the Clinton Foundation, destruction of property at the State Department, selling 25% of our Uranium to Russia? Didn’t want to and chose to let criminal James Comey free? He has been in office 9 months and I’m not seeing any accomplishments except but to intrude Second Amendment Rights.

KDude
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KDude

It’s time to abolish ATFE. Democrats and Republicans who think they control our right to keep and bear arms need to be put on notice that illegal gun laws will not be tolerated. It’s that simple. No tracking. No registration. no more illegal restrictions. And hearing protection in the form of suppressors should be purchased with the former ATFE budget for all shooters who want them. This wouldn’t come close to the decades of intimidation, confiscation, and outright murder this unaccountable, illegally funded alphabet agency has committed against We The People with impunity. But it’s a start. Holding the agents… Read more »

Doszap
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Doszap

Amen brother, millions of gun owners should not have to jump through hoops on any weapon that they are able to afford.Unless they are criminals, or have been adjudicated mentally insane.
All gun laws at the federal level are Unconstitutional.
What part of “Shall not be Infringed”did they not get?, We have allowed them to run rough shot over us for our two long.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@KD, The BATFE was not created by a Congressional enabling act as most federal agencies are. BATFE was created by a memo written by the then Sec. of Treas. Thus, another memo from the current Sec Treas. or the POTUS could decommission the BATFE. Just a stroke of the pen.

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

Now that was something I didn’t know! And with a little search with google there it is…WTF???

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

Who or What is the BATF? by Dan Meador. B.A.T.F. from I.R.S. On June 6, 1972 Acting Secretary of the Treasury, Charles E. Walker signed Treasury Order Number 120-01 which establishes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. He did this with the stroke of his PEN citing, “by virtue of the authority vested in me as Secretary of the Treasury, including the authority in Reorganization Plan No. 26 of 1950.” He ordered the, “transfer, as specified herein, the functions, powers and duties of the Internal Revenue Service arising under laws relating to alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives (including the… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@USA, The revocation part would, in theory, be the same, but as a practical matter Trumps memo to Barr to look into possibilities has already happened and therefore can not be revoked.

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

Actually every terrible instrument of war that a soldier can carry should be available at the local gun store.

BigJim
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BigJim

Wasn’t Barr in charge of the Ruby Ridge disaster?

Will
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Will

@Jim,yeah he defended the snipers who cold blooded murdered Vicki Weaver.

Doszap
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Doszap

Lon Horiuchi FBI.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Gentlemen, A name that will live in the Murderers’ Hall of Fame (government employee section).

Considerthis
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Considerthis

From what I have read, Barr was the driving force to insure that the FBI / ATF agents and supervisors that changed “the Rules of Engagement” were immune from prosecution. He evidently did not do this as a part of any official duties, but pulled strings behind the scenes on his own time.. Those Bush/Clinton years were amazing. Ruby Ridge happened under the George Bush Sr. presidency and Waco began under Clinton. Bush attacked the NRA for describing the FBI/ATF agents as “Jack Booted Thugs”. The former C.I.A. director Bush said those were his good friends. Bill Clinton gets elected,… Read more »

Considerthis
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Considerthis

One thing we should all think about in these two cases, Ruby Ridge and Waco – in both cases the individuals recognized that the Federal Government was a threat to their Constitutional Rights and Freedoms. They went to some lengths,expense, and efforts to get out of reach , so they would not be bothered,…. and the Government sought them out and made examples of them for all to see. It’s like the government was saying- stay in line or you can be Wacoed too. They did not need “Red Flag Laws”, they used the media. If they can manage the… Read more »

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

“Sammy used to love homegrown green beans” said the man sitting next to me at the dinner table referring to the beans that my wife had cooked us for dinner that evening. When I heard him say that I almost choked on mine. Sammy was a 14 year old boy who had heard his dog barking and thought he had stirred up a dear. Sammy ran out with his rifle to check what the dog was barking at. About the time he reached the area where the dog was a man dressed all up in camouflage shot his friend and… Read more »

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

Oh, and BTW…THE DICK ACT created the National Guard and took away any federal funding for the state militias. Go look it up. To ME that was the end of the state militias no matter what anyone else claims.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMtYcs7SF2w

Jim
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Jim

did you also read the whole DICK ACT?
there is also NO GUN CONTROL ALLOWED IN IT, ALSO THE DICK ACT CAN NEVER BE REPEALED.
also our CONSTITUTION IS HIGHER LAW THAN THAT ACT.AND MILITIAS ARE STILL LEGAL, AS PER OUR 2ND AMENDMENT.
but it’s only ENFORCEABLE IF WE THE PEOPLE DO SO.

Considerthis
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Considerthis

I regret that I have only 1 upvote to give you.
I also regret that you have not received a huge number.

John
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John

Every new gun “control” law is an admission prior laws, even though promoted as necessary, are/were absolute failures.

The very government, which has failed at every level, continues to seek more control, to fail at every level.

We should not forget AG Barr supports the bump stock ban “retroactive “ to day one when legal to sell, purchase, possess and use and criminal penalties now attach for that legal exercise of commerce!

Poobah!

jack mac
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jack mac

These “gun laws” are Acts of infringement therefore are oppressive. These Acts defy the constitution, therefore should not be enforced. Submitting to these Acts proves that the nation will accept oppression for this the Acts have not failed.