In it's never ending quest to expand its powers and funding, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives, Knives, Pointy Scissors, and Sharp Sticks' undercover "sting", Operation Fast and Furious, was so outrageous and out-of-line even for an agency already seen as rogue and incompetent by other Federal law enforcement agencies, that even the mainstream media was forced to cover it. This brilliant sting operation, apparently planned with the full coordination of such ATF senior officials as Wile E. Coyote, Colonel Wilhelm Klink,and Boris (Say da name!) Badinov, had the end result of creating more crime, more deaths, and arming drug dealers and street gangs on the taxpayers' dime.
Shyster General Eric Holder and his ilk are squirming like a den of rattlesnakes with gasoline poured on them, doing their best to obfuscate, duck, avoid, scapegoat and slither away from the issue, but it just won't go away. Holder was caught "misleading" Congress and it appears even the Whitehouse may have known about the plan. The Arizona Sheriff's Association and more Senators are jumping on Senator Chuck Grassley's (R-IA) bandwagon looking into the malfeasance,. There's even talk (probably just talk to appease us gun nuts until the storm blows over) of disbanding the ATF. Of course, as in the Randy Weaver case, the high-ranking imbeciles who came up with the plan will escape unharmed. Some have even been promoted.
In the midst of this shitstorm, instead of lying low, those wily DOJ bright boys & girls have cleverly decided to stir up even more shit and piss off the 16 individual states (including Montana) which have passed medical marijuana laws!
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal ban on selling guns or ammunition to medical marijuana users raises constitutional concerns and complicates matters for states where medical use of the drug is legal, Montana's attorney general said Monday.
Steve Bullock wrote U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder a letter in which he says the federal government should act carefully "when its laws and policies involve conflicts with those of the states."
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives last month notified firearms dealers nationwide that medical marijuana users are not exempt from a federal law making it illegal for a drug user or addict to possess a gun or ammunition, even if they are registered in a state-sanctioned program.
The ATF's Sept. 21 letter to federal firearms licensees said dealers can't sell a gun or ammunition if they have reasonable cause to believe the buyer is using a controlled substance, such as if the buyer uses his medical marijuana card as identification or talks about drug use.
Bullock said the ATF's "unilateral proclamation" raises Second Amendment and Fifth Amendment issues about gun rights, equal protection and due process. [Personally, I'd include the 10th Amendment in there as well]. In addition, the letter creates policy and practical concerns, such as the responsibility placed on firearms dealers, he said.
As if that wasn't stupid enough, state fish & game agencies, which are already pretty limited on their game control options, have been told to stop using "Scarecrow" shotguns shells. These are essentially a shotgun shell which launches an M-80 firecracker a couple of hundred feet where it explodes. They are used for such things as chasing bears out of campgrounds or running elk off of hay stackyards. There hasn't been much resistance from our state agency as far as I can tell, even though it has pissed them off too. With any luck, that may become a running sore for the Feds too if the states get off their butts.
Here's hoping the jack-booted thugs reap what they have sown and get a nice big kick in the nuts.