Idaho Senators Block ATF Pick

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    Idaho Senators Block ATF Pick

    By MATTHEW DALY

    WASHINGTON (AP) Idaho's senators are blocking President Bush's nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, saying the agency has become overly aggressive in enforcing gun laws.

    Republican Sens. Larry Craig and Mike Crapo placed separate holds on the nomination of federal prosecutor Michael Sullivan, the acting ATF director for more than a year.

    Crapo's spokesman, Lindsay Nothern, said the senator's office has heard from a number of gun dealers, gun owners and others in Idaho who "have concerns about ATF policies regarding gun sales and even (gun) ownership. Maybe the federal government is getting a little too aggressive with people who haven't done anything wrong."

    Sullivan, who also serves as U.S. attorney in Massachusetts, was nominated by Bush in March. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved his nomination last month.

    Under Senate rules, a single senator, sometimes anonymously, can put a hold on legislative action for months.

    The ATF had no immediate comment Wednesday.

    Crapo met with Sullivan last week and "had some pointed questions," Nothern said. The senator is still waiting for answers, Nothern said.

    Sidney Smith, a spokesman for Craig, said the Craig's intention "was not to throw up a permanent roadblock. We were hearing concerns from people in our state about how ATF was working with law-abiding gun dealers on compliance issues."

    Craig also met with Sullivan and awaits answers to his questions, Smith said.

    The action comes as an Idaho gun shop wages a high-profile battle with the ATF over its right to buy and trade guns.

    The ATF stripped the license of Red's Trading Post, in Twin Falls, Idaho, in March after an audit found numerous record-keeping violations over a five-year period.

    A federal judge later ruled the agency had exaggerated and omitted some of the findings it used to revoke the license. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge allowed the gun shop to continue operating until he decides whether the license revocation was legal. The case is pending.

    Sullivan, a former GOP state legislator, has been known for a tough stance on drug and gun cases in his tenure as U.S. attorney. One judge criticized him publicly for burdening the federal system with cases that could be handled by state prosecutors.

    Associated Press writer Andrew Miga contributed to this report.

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    Sullivan comes with warm recommendations from Kerry, Kennedy and Schumer - I don't care what Larry Craig did (haven't followed that debacle), he did the right thing here if not elsewhere.

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    Yeah baby!! who says Larry Craig is just a toe tapper. Larry has always looked out for Idaho.
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    Good many more blocks needed - that's for sure but - even one is a start.
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    Everyone needs to contact both of their State's Senator's and tell them to support this block of the new ATF wanna be on the floor of the Senate by reading of a statement of support and by holding a press conference standing by Larry Craig and other Senate supporters

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    Contacting a Washington Senator about a gun related issue is a wast of time, they are both adamant anti gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joffe View Post
    Sullivan comes with warm recommendations from Kerry, Kennedy and Schumer - I don't care what Larry Craig did (haven't followed that debacle), he did the right thing here if not elsewhere.
    anything endorsed/recommended by Kerry(MA) and Kennedy (MA) is a sign that its not good for us.

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    Go read this from JPFO
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    I guess you can trust Larry Craig with your gun rights, just don't trust him if you run into him in a bathroom.
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    http://capwiz.com/gunowners/issues/a...623916&type=CO
    Preformatted letter from capwiz.com to send to your State Senators on this issue

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    We dang sure dont need anybody from Massachussetts running the ATF. Its bad enough as it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post
    Go read this from JPFO
    Great link Chris!
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    someone stated Senator David Vitter (R LA) also was added to the hold on Sullivan

    can't find any info to verify that as yet .

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    can't find any info to verify that as yet .
    Try this - http://redstradingpost.blogspot.com/...on-acting.html
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