Issa Threatens BATFE Head With Contempt Citation
Congressman Darrell Issa (R. CA) threatened Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives has threatened acting head Kenneth E. Melson with a contmpt citation for his failure to comply with a Congressional subpeona.
“Let me be clear … we are not conducting a concurrent investigation with the Department of Justice, but rather an independent investigation of the Department of Justice – specifically, of allegations that the reckless and inappropriate decisions of Department officials have created a serious public safety hazard.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in a letter yesterday to ATF Acting Director Kenneth E. Melson, threatened to bring contempt charges against him for refusing to produce documents subpoenaed by the committee last month. The subpoena was issued in response to ATF and DOJ officials stonewalled the “Project Gunwalker” investigation.
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Gun Rights Radicals Meet and Greet Again
What a great weekend! It’s always good to see the guys who really get what gun rights, the Second Amendment, and civil rights are all about. I especially enjoyed connecting with the contingents from the Arkansas Concealed Carry Association and from the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association. I was also pleased to see The Appleseed Project with a table and a couple of reps in the room. They were handing out passes to Appleseed shoots. If you haven’t been to one, GO! If you have been to one, GO! They’re planning one in Buckeye near me, but unfortunately my time’s committed for that one. I have my calendar cleared for April 19 in Payson, though.
Joe Tartaro kindly asked me to bring a generous stack of Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War with me to the conference. SAF always sets up a bookstore in the back of the room and I got to see the book moving briskly. I don’t know how many copies I signed, and all of the direct feedback was positive. This year’s GRPC was a bit of a coming-out party for the book, with the first gun press review appearing in the current issue of Gun Week. Thanks to Joe for that.
Next year the GRPC heads directly into the belly of the beast: San Francisco. The Pink Pistols delegation offered to lead a march through the Castro district. Stereotype busting, anyone?
I’ve attached my written speech below. You may need to click the "Read More" button to see it.
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Obama Tiptoes Around Semi-Auto Ban
Calls for passage of Inter-American Arms Treaty
Speaking in Mexico, the President today acknowledged his support for renewing the so-called "assault weapons" ban, but also showed respect for political power of the gun rights movement, saying that he and his administration might not have the political wherewithal to pass a ban. Having sidestepped the call to pass a renewal, he then suggested enforcing existing law, pointing out that it’s already illegal to smuggle guns into Mexico. A remarkable insight, Mr. President.
Mr. Obama has put us on notice that he will pass the ban if he can muster up the political muscle. It is the duty of the gun rights movement to see that any thought of a new ban remains expensive.
April 17 Update
The Washington Times ran the Obama story in today’s edition focusing on Obama’s call for passage of the Inter-American Arms Tready (full text here) to mark guns with their country of origin and to establish all manner of tracing and registration schemes.