Biden Administration Already Weaponizing ATF, Not Waiting for Chipman

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have lengthy histories of hating guns and the Second Amendment. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Even though Joe Biden’s nomination of David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has “issues” according to one senior Democrat, and is stalled in a Senate committee, the Biden/Harris Administration has started weaponizing the ATF without waiting for the president’s embattled nominee to take over.

As expected, their target is the firearms industry.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation recently received a copy of an internal ATF memo, which was written by Acting Assistant Director George Lauder and sent to ATF’s senior management.

The memo mentions Biden’s five-point strategy to reduce gun violence, which was announced at a press conference June 23.

“ATF’s role in the Strategy is essential, and includes refocusing our FFL inspection and administration action policies,” Lauder wrote.

The memo calls on field agents to prioritize their gun shop inspections by using a data tool that tracks the number of firearms sold by a gun dealer that are later used in crimes. It also tracks the time period between the sale and the crime.

When they saw the memo, the NSSF immediately alerted their members, because of the impact it might have on a gun dealer’s ability to conduct business.

“This memo is concerning because it is the opening moves to the manifestation of what both President Biden and Vice President Harris said they would do during the presidential campaign. They said they would use the ATF as a bludgeon against the firearm industry and revoke licenses for minor clerical errors,” Mark Oliva, NSSF’s public affairs director told me Tuesday. “It is very concerning that the ATF would be using data analytics for crimes that were committed by unrelated third party or attempt to draw conclusions of time-to-crime statistics to label a lawful retailer as party to criminal activity.”

The remainder of the memo focuses on what Biden calls “rogue gun dealers,” who he claims are responsible for violent crime increases in five major cities historically controlled by Democrats.

If an ATF inspector finds that a gun dealer has transferred a firearm to a prohibited person, or failed to conduct a background check, falsified records or refused to cooperate with an ATF tracing request or inspection, the inspector is to recommend revocation of the dealer’s Federal Firearms License.

The gun dealers I spoke to Tuesday scoffed at this new assertion. This has always been the law, they said. The president is simply grandstanding, trying to take the heat off of the Democrats in charge of these crime-ridden cities by creating a new boogeyman for the public and the media to blame for the increasing crime – the “rogue gun dealer.”

“The overwhelming majority of firearm retailers abide by federal and state laws and regulations,” Oliva said. “Retailers that ignore the law are participating in criminal activity and NSSF wants those individuals to be held responsible for their actions, However, the Department of Justice’s own reports show the overwhelming majority of criminals obtain firearms through illicit means, mostly through theft or the black market.”

The day after Biden announced his five-point strategy, I submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the ATF, seeking the numbers of gun dealers, by state, who, over the past three years, have been prosecuted for willfully transferring a firearm to a prohibited person and/or for refusing to cooperate with a tracing request from the ATF. Experts say the number will be very small – less than a dozen across the entire country.

To date, the ATF has not even acknowledged receipt of the FOIA request.

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About Lee Williams

Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” is the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project. Until recently, he was also an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.

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Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
1 month ago

Back to basics gentlemen. The 2A is clear enough a grade school kid can understand it and explain it to any legislator, judge, lawyer or enforcer or the billionaires who support them all. “The RIGHT of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”. Simple enough for everyone right? Any law that runs counter to the constitution is null and void. see Mulberry vs Madison, a supreme court case. You read that right, a SUPREME COURT CASE. Simple enough for everyone right? “I will defend the people the nation and the constitution against all enemies, foreign or… Read more »

Bob
Bob
30 days ago

Wish I had more than one vote. I’d have given you at least 10 up votes. Good job. Excellant thoughts and points. Too bad the commiecrats can’t understand them.

Arizona
Arizona
30 days ago

History will indeed repeat itself, and as the Declaration reminds us, it is our right and DUTY to throw off such a government that attempts to rule us with tyranny. I suspect judges and politicians would be far more averse to trampling our rights all these years had some of us used the reliable tar and feathers to remind them who they work for and who they must represent. Instead, a majority of the citizens do not even know who their elected representatives are, much less pay any attention to the abuses of power taking place.

Russn8r
Russn8r
30 days ago

I agree, but it’s Marbury vs Madison, there’s nothing about arms in Ezekiel 3, and there is no Nehemiah 4:27-28. You may be thinking Nehemiah 13-14, 16-18, 21 & 23: 13 I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. 14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said…“Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”… 16 From that day on, half my men did the work, while… Read more »

Last edited 30 days ago by Russn8r
swmft
swmft
1 month ago

number is likely 0

Cruiser
Cruiser
1 month ago

I’ve been weaponized for years.

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Montana454Casull
1 month ago

Joe sucks and Kamala swallows and the BATF has zero credibility until they prosecute Hunter (crackhead) Biden for falsifying his firearm purchase form . The American people need to tell them to go too hell until laws are enforced equally accross the board for elitest and regular citizens.

JimmyS
JimmyS
1 month ago

An unconstitutional agency suddenly gains credibility in your eyes by being better at enforcing unconstitutional edicts? JFC. Look in the mirror. Your cognitive dissonance is why things have gone to hell in the US.

Dry gulched
Dry gulched
1 month ago

As usual certain individuals (you know who you are) turn a serious tome of ideas into their own comedy club. Sit back and laugh while the barbarians plunder the countryside. This is why we’re in the state we are.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Dry gulched

People mocking the insanity of Q followers is not why we’re in the state we are in.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Dry gulched

Dry gulched? Why did no organized group of veterans put out a statement opposing the appointment of Chipman to be Director of the BATFE? Why didn’t that group send an open letter to Tester (the ranking member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee) urging him to vote “no” on Chipman? Why has not one of the people who write for AMMOLAND posted the results of their personal phone calls to Tester, even after being prompted? Why hasn’t the grunt (who continually lectures people to get off their apathetic asses) gotten off his apathetic ass and organized veterans to oppose Chipman? Why… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Dry gulched

Dry gulched?

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Dry gulched

Dry gulched,

Have you contacted your U.S. representative and aked him/her to travel to Texas on September 1 and buy a made-in Texas suppressor on live TV as part of a press conference and inform the world they are not going through the federal process and they are keeping the suppressor in Texas?

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Dry gulched

Dry gulched, what have you done?

Stag
Stag
1 month ago
Reply to  Dry gulched

The reason we’re in the state we’re in is you people keep voting for idiots from the same two parties thinking things will be different this time.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Stag

I trust you don’t vote for LoLibertarian idiots. L border policy & stalking-horse-Loser candidates are more destructive than open commies.

Last edited 1 month ago by Russn8r
JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Dry gulched

The Q followers and those who attempt to dissuade firearm rights activists are out in force.

Good job boys – how many of you are pulling the levers and how many of you are just naive idiot followers?

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Dry gulched

Q-tards like Dry Gulped gobble psyops that would make a buzzard puke.

Cooter
Cooter
1 month ago

How about investigating some real criminals like Jobama’s crackhead son who wrote false information and lied to authorities to obtain a permit to illegally purchase a firearm and then use it in a crime and then throw it in a dumpster beside an elementary school but they don’t want to talk about it imagine that This administration is a joke from hell and everyone knows that they rigged and stole the election and this administration is organized crime at its finest and anyone who believes anything they say needs a mental evaluation

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
1 month ago

Nice photoshop on the hag on the left in the photo.

63Sunset
63Sunset
1 month ago

Did the FIB or JOD ever find Humper Hiddens 38 ConArtist krakhead special?

Grigori
Grigori
1 month ago

Biden is not running our country. Trump is. As such, I am not worried about it.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

Actually obama is the man behind the curtain.

Grigori
Grigori
1 month ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

He is, or was, behind one of the curtains, for sure.

nod
nod
1 month ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

My money is on who ever is pulling Obama’s strings…

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

Trump’s new VP is JFK Jr!
Trust the Plan!

Grigori
Grigori
1 month ago
Reply to  Russn8r

NCSWIC!

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

WWG1WGA!

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

Can you provide specifics? Does is it have anything to do with incubators on the USNS Comfort? Is Trump going to put Lady Gaga before a military tribunal and execute her, like he did Tom Hanks? Can you tell me more about the tunnels? Did Trump have them built, or did the New World Order build them right under his nose? Is this still the month Trump will take office, or did that get pushed out? Since he is running the country, can you please ask him to not sign H.R. 4953 if it is passed? Also, I was a… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by JSNMGC
Grigori
Grigori
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Trump never left. A lot of people we thought were alive are dead and a lot of people we thought were dead are alive.

We are living in the most interesting times ever, in the history of our country.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

Fascinating.

How about Lady Gaga?

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

Can you ask him to reduce the top tax rate?

Thank you.

Grigori
Grigori
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Laugh all you like, there is tangible and highly unusual shit going on in our Federal Government, right now. Word is that under an economic system called NESARA (National) and GESARA (Global), we and many other nations will return to a gold standard, rather than printing worthless play money out of thin air as we have been doing for decades. Supposedly, the IRS will be abolished and replaced with a flat sales tax on new goods, excluding food and medicine. AFAIK, IRS headquarters in DC is shuttered. Other offices around the country remain open with small and decreasing staff. My… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

Grigori – 8/10/21: “Laugh all you like, there is tangible and highly unusual shit going on in our Federal Government, right now. Word is that under an economic system called NESARA (National) and GESARA (Global), we and many other nations will return to a gold standard, rather than printing worthless play money out of thin air as we have been doing for decades. Supposedly, the IRS will be abolished and replaced with a flat sales tax on new goods, excluding food and medicine. AFAIK, IRS headquarters in DC is shuttered. Other offices around the country remain open with small and… Read more »

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

Oh for pity’s sake, NESARA GESARA! More meat for Q-tards.

Gobble gobble gobble.

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JSNMGC
JSNMGC
12 days ago
Reply to  Grigori

Grigori, is your “tax lady” still saying the IRS is laying off people?

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/agency-oversight/2021/09/irs-could-raise-200b-in-revenue-double-workforce-under-biden-spending-plan/

Do you still believe “Trump never left?”

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

The Storm is Coming!

Trump/Elvis 2024!

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

Can you explain the “insurrection?” I was never able to grasp what happened.

Why did Trump stop building the wall?

Why is he spending so much on “infrastructure?”

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

It helps if you use these buzz words in sentences, e.g.

Q’s huge insurrection could be seen from a mile away.

Or…

The Storm blew a load on Trump’s face.

Last edited 1 month ago by Russn8r
JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Russn8r

It seems there are three basic narratives:

  • A group of excited Trump supporters and some provacateurs were allowed into the Capitol building where they committed some vandalism and theft. One was unnecessarily shot and killed and that ended the excitment.
  • It was an insurrection that nearly toppled the “democracy” by overthrowning the “sacred” center of government. The plan was to [that’s the part that’s missing].
  • The Q version that [that’s the part that’s missing].
Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Have Faith!
Be Patient!
The White Hats are coming!
Stay Hard!
Trust The Plan!

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Russn8r

But what about Lady Gaga?

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

The White Hats will teach her the meaning of the word respect!

Grigori
Grigori
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Probably to be or has been executed per military tribunal as with many other communists in our entertainment and political system.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

Under whose authority?

Provide a list of the others.

How did you come to this conclusion?

BOB
BOB
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

inquiring minds what to know…..nah!

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

I see team Q is out in force, smashing those up and down votes. Maybe they can help answer the questions.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

That’s not Team Q. That’s an even dumber team: Team Will.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Now there is an interesting alliance.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

Only a few more weeks until the Texas suppressor law goes into effect. Can you please ask Trump to tell the BATFE to not bother the sellers or buyers?

Thank you.

Grigori
Grigori
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

I am not in touch with Trump. Just know what I read and see on non-MSM sources.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

Like “Best News?”

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

Grigori,

According to your sources, Trump instructed the military to execute Tom Hanks in 2019 for removing chemicals from the terrified children he was molesting and creating super drugs that he and Lady Gaga used to stay young. Do you realize how insane that is?

Who has been playing the role of Tom Hanks in real life?

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/tom-hanks-adrien-brody-bill-120000527.html

BOB
BOB
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Oh no! They killed Tom?

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  BOB

Yes – the Q folks follow “Best News” where it was reported on in detail. Tom screamed as he was injected with a lethal cocktail of drugs by members of the military in Guantanamo. They even listed the specific drugs.

There were a lot of other people executed as well – the Q folks know this (they just don’t know who).

Don’t make fun of the Q folks though, or Dry gulched will accuse you of being the reason for the sad state of affairs we are in.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

More like Dry Gulped. A Q-tard will gulp down psyops, hoaxes & theories that would make a buzzard puke.

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nobodyuknow
nobodyuknow
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

Grigori . . . ” . . . Interesting times ever.” Ten million comedians in the world and you have to be the only clown!

BOB
BOB
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

grigori….the Hale Bopp Commet is returning someday and the rightful Qanon leaders will assume their rightful place on the Worlds Throne. right? (koo k00)

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
12 days ago
Reply to  Grigori

Grigori, why did Trump lead such a disastrous withdrawal  from Afghanistan?

You never provided a list of any of the people thought to be alive but are really dead. Can you provide just five names? Thank you.