‘Gunrunner’ escapade to be reviewed by Congress

Michael Carl|WorldNetDaily

One of the gun shops that cooperated with the ATF operation became a target for a federal investigation for "illegal gun sales." That shop was Houston-based Carter's Country, whose managers were notified by Houston's U.S. attorney that they were the subjects of an investigation. Houston defense attorney Dick DeGuerin said that it took several court appearances and a mediation session to clear Carter's Country of any charges of wrongdoing.

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., says he has assigned four investigators to look into the escapade of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that has become known as “Project Gunrunner.”

Issa made the statement in a live broadcast interview with talk-radio host Roger Hedgecock. The case centers on allegations of a flow of guns into Mexico orchestrated by the federal agency, including a weapon that later was used to kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Investigators will examine allegations that the ATF encouraged gun shops to sell guns to questionable customers so it could track the weapons as they were smuggled into Mexico.

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform spokesman Seamus Kraft says Issa’s committee is launching the investigation because of the people’s right to know what their government is doing.

“Americans have a right to know who let this program happen and why. Our investigation seeks to deliver the facts so taxpayers can decide who should be held accountable,” Kraft explained.

In the Hedgecock interview, committee chairman Issa said he intends to find out who lied about the firearms smuggling operation.

“The gun shops are often vilified for being the source, but in this case they did the right thing. They contacted the agency and were told to go ahead,” Issa said. “As we get to the truth, we’re going to hold those who lied to us early on accountable.”

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