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Gun sales to Mexico - What BATF didn't tell you...

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Brian in Oregon, Jan 22, 2011.

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Deplorable Bitter Clinger in Liberal La La Land
    Gun sales to Mexico - What BATF didn

    BATF asked dealer for cooperation in questionable sales to Hispanics, then makes dealer the bad guy.

    Gun Dealer: 'ATF Approved Sales to Mexican Gun Runners'

    Updated: Monday, 13 Dec 2010, 7:43 PM CST


    HOUSTON - When it comes to selling weaponry to the drug thugs of Mexico, Houston gun dealer Carter's Country has been labeled a profit hungry merchant willing to turn a blind eye to bad guys south of the border.

    A Washington Post investigative story linked 115 firearms confiscated over the past two years by Mexican authorities waging the drug war to Carter's Country outlets. That makes the largest independent gun dealer in the region among the biggest sources of fire power for the murderous cartels.

    It certainly looks bad, until you hear a different side of the story.

    "Let me tell you something about Carter's Country. They have been co-operating with ATF from the get go," says attorney Dick Deguerin who represents Carter's Country owner, Bill Carter.

    Deguerin says the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms asked Carter's Country to complete transactions, even when sales people strongly suspected the weapons were headed to Mexican drug gangs.

    "They were told to go through with what they considered to be questionable sales. They were told to go through with sales of three or more assault rifles at the same time or five or more 9 millimeter guns at the same time or a young Hispanic male paying in cash. It's all profiling, but they went through with it," said Deguerin.

    "They reported them promptly, either while the transaction was going on or soon there after. They did this for months and months and months. Went through with the sales because the ATF told them to go through with the sales," he added.

    Deguerin say at the ATF's request, Carter's Country employees followed some customers into parking lots and recorded license plate numbers.

    "If the ATF had used the information that Carter's Country developed for them they could have stopped these guns from going across the border," insists Deguerin.

    A spokesperson for ATF would neither confirm nor deny the co-operation agreement with Carter's Country, but did say "I don't think we would issue a blanket directive.”

    That's left Deguerin's client feeling unjustly vilified and betrayed.

    The Post reported 60,000 U.S. guns have been confiscated in Mexico over the past four years, contributing to 30,000 deaths.
  2. xringjim

    xringjim TS Member

    Nov 3, 2009
    Brian, if the regular public in Mexico was allowed to own/carry guns the crime would go down. No doubt. As long as the populace is restricted from having a firearm the bad guys will rule. That's because the people who are suppose to protect the people (cops) are paid off by the drug lords. In the end it's the PEOPLE of ANY country who ultimately have to answer for the condition of the country. So as long as the ultimate power is left to the people the country ( any country) will be run to the liking of the people. Period. The people should NEVER allow others to convince them that they can/will take care of them any better than the people themselves can. Any law that further 'shares' the power the people have should be encouraged.
    Any law that gives others power over another should have many stop-gaps written within it to protect those it might mistreat. Jim
  3. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Eastern Washington
    Any body that makes deals with any government agency, needs the head examined!

    You can't trust them to be up front with you, let alone be honest!
  4. bill1949

    bill1949 Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
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