G.O.A Alert on B.A.T.F's Michael Sullivan

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    Exclamation G.O.A Alert on B.A.T.F's Michael Sullivan

    I just "found" this site yesterday and when I tried to register I discovered I had registered months ago. Lots of good info here. Guess it's good I found it again.

    Today I saw this on my regular board (http://www.usconcealedcarry.com) and thought the information was worth sharing. Please act before it's too late.

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    Senate Close To Confirming A Ted Kennedy-style Liberal To BATFE
    -- Contact your Senator immediately

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
    8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
    Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
    http://www.gunowners.org

    Tuesday, December 4, 2007


    "We'll miss him in Massachusetts, but he'll be a strong leader at
    ATF, and I look forward to working with him on key issues on gun
    control." -- Senator Ted Kennedy


    The above quote highlights all you need to know about Michael
    Sullivan, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
    Firearms and Explosives.

    Sullivan was, unfortunately, nominated by President Bush to
    permanently take over ATF this year. Right before Thanksgiving, the
    Senate "hotlined" his name for unanimous consent approval.
    (Hotlining is a parliamentary maneuver which allows non-controversial
    bills or nominations to be unanimously approved by the Senate without
    debate or a vote.)

    GOA immediately sent a letter to each Senator's office, urging them
    to oppose the Sullivan nomination. Thankfully, one senator
    subsequently objected to Sullivan's approval, and his nomination was
    put on hold. However, that legislator is now coming under fire from
    other senators, who are asking him to withdraw his "hold."

    That's why it's important for gun owners to contact their two
    Senators. Under Sullivan's leadership, the ATF has gone berserk.
    Sure, the problems at ATF didn't originate with him, but Sullivan has
    certainly done nothing to put out the fire.

    While discussing the agency's 2008 appropriations bill, the House
    Commerce & Justice committee issued a stinging rebuke for the ATF:

    "The committee has heard reports that ATF has pursued license
    revocations and denials against firearms dealers based on violations
    that consist largely of recordkeeping errors of various types that
    are unlikely to impede tracing investigations or prosecution of
    individuals who use firearms in crime. The Committee encourages ATF
    to consider lesser gradation of sanctions for recordkeeping errors."
    [House Committee report on HR 3093.]

    The strategy, that was begun long before Sullivan arrived, has
    continued unabated under his tutelage. ATF inspectors try to find
    any violation they can, usually focusing on clerical mistakes.

    A family gun business that had been in operation for years in
    Baltimore, Maryland was attacked because of the "wanton, repeated
    crime" of abbreviating Baltimore as "Blto" on the teeny,
    tiny spaces
    on the 4473 forms.

    Now, the agency has turned their collective guns on Red's Trading
    Post in Idaho, among others. Even though one ATF agent told the
    manager that Red's was "one of the best small gun shops" he'd ever
    seen, the ATF has continued its assault on this gun shop (which has
    been in business for decades) for minor clerical mistakes and failing
    to put up a poster.

    According to WorldNetDaily, one judge who is familiar with the Red's
    Trading Post case found "the ATF speaks of violations found during
    the inspections of 2000 and 2005, but fails to reveal that additional
    investigations in 2001 and 2007 revealed no violations or problems."
    The judge also noted the ATF was exaggerating the situation by
    "double counting" some violations.

    The agency holds a continuing animus against gun owners and dealers.
    Inspectors have no handbook under which to operate, and the absence
    of such written procedures allows them to be arbitrary and
    capricious.

    Americans don't need an anti-gun cop from Massachusetts as the
    Director of the federal gun police.

    CONTACT: Please ask your Senators to oppose anti-gunner Michael
    Sullivan as the Director of the BATFE. You can use the pre-written
    message below and send it as an e-mail by visiting the GOA
    Legislative Action Center at http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm
    (where phone and fax numbers are also available).


    ---------- Pre-written letter ----------

    Dear Senator:

    I urge you to OPPOSE the nomination of Michael Sullivan for the head
    of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Under
    his leadership, the ATF has gone berserk. Sure, the problems at ATF
    didn't originate with him, but Sullivan has certainly done nothing to
    put out the fire.

    In July, a House committee report on HR 3093 rebuked the ATF for
    pursuing license revocations and denials against firearms dealers
    based on "violations that consist largely of recordkeeping errors of
    various types" that are unlikely to impede tracing investigations or
    prosecution of individuals who use firearms in crime.

    Red's Trading Post in Idaho is one of the many gun dealers that have
    been frequently harassed by the ATF. Even though one ATF agent told
    the manager that Red's was "one of the best small gun shops" he'd
    ever seen, the ATF has continued its assault on this gun shop (which
    has been in business for decades) for minor clerical mistakes and
    failing to put up a poster.

    According to WorldNetDaily, one judge who is familiar with the Red's
    Trading Post case found "the ATF speaks of violations found during
    the inspections of 2000 and 2005, but fails to reveal that additional
    investigations in 2001 and 2007 revealed no violations or problems."
    The judge also noted the ATF was exaggerating the situation by
    "double counting" some violations.

    Finally, the fact that Ted Kennedy wants to work with Sullivan on gun
    control is reason enough to find another candidate to head up the
    ATF. Kennedy said, "We'll miss him in Massachusetts, but he'll be a
    strong leader at ATF, and I look forward to working with him on key
    issues on gun control."

    Because of these concerns, I would ask that you please oppose the
    Sullivan nomination, and instead work with Gun Owners of America and
    the NRA to find a nominee who will protect the rights of innocent gun
    owners.

    Sincerely,


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    Find YOUR Senators' FAX/phone number here:

    http://www.theorator.com/senate.html

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    Thanks, I sent my letter.
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    This may be easier.

    Visit the following URL and enter your zip code to get your senators. This site is a quick and painless way to make your position(s) known to your federal and state elected officials.

    http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

    You can see a copy if the letter that was sent to Colorado's Senator Salazar at:

    http://www.congress.org/congressorg/..._id=1593147526

    Never Again!
    Speak softly and carry a large caliber weapon.

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    Done

    http://www.senate.gov/general/contac...nators_cfm.cfm

    I used this site to find email for my two.
    "May God have mercy on my enemies, because I won't."
    General George Patton

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    Thanks, I sent my emails to both my senators.

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    One off to Senator Byrd... for all the good it will do.

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