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.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
The Obama Regime Does Racial Profiling
Apparently racial profiling is good when you are the Obama Regime and bad when you are the State of Arizona.
In its obsession with guns, the Obama Regime and the Waco Killers at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (as well as what some call Really Big Fires, but that is really the FBI, come to think about it, it is the FBI that are the real Waco Killers. ATF did not do so well at the first Battle of Mount Carmel, but I digress...) have decided that racial profiling is a legitimate law enforcement tool. It is all connected with Project Gunwalker and the apparent willingness of the ATFE to allow weapons to be smuggled to Mexico. (h/t David Codrea) Apparently the ATFE is instructing local gun retailers to allow suspicious sales that would normally be prohibited and report those sales to AFTE. And, one of the various suspicious activities that require reporting to the ATFE is purchase by a Hispanic male with cash.
This is the same regime that thinks stopping a Hispanic based on "Hispanicness" for an immigration check is illegal. But reporting a purchase of a firearm by a Hispanic is not?