In the latest chapter of the gunrunning scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious, federal officials are refusing to explain how two suspects obtained more than 360 weapons despite criminal records that should have prevented them from buying even one gun.
Under current federal law, people with felony convictions are not permitted to buy weapons, and those with felony arrests are typically flagged while the FBI conducts a thorough background check.
However, according to court records reviewed by Fox News, two of the 20 defendants indicted in the Fast and Furious investigation have felony convictions and criminal backgrounds that experts say, at the very least, should have delayed them buying a single firearm. Instead, the duo bought dozens of guns on multiple occasions while federal officials watched on closed-circuit cameras.
When asked about the breakdown, Stephen Fischer, a spokesman for the NICS System, said the FBI had no comment. However, ATF Special Agent John Dodson, who worked the Fast and Furious investigation, said NICS officials called the ATF in Phoenix whenever their suspects tried to buy a gun. That conversation typically led to a green light for the buyers, when it should have stopped them.
Besides the criminal records, the story notes that one guy had a protection order against him; if it was a permanent VPO, that alone would make it illegal for him to buy a gun. And, let's note, since they did have those criminal records, for them to go into the store and pick up and look at a gun is enough to get them arrested IF the law is being enforced. Which the FBI and ATF made sure it wasn't.
Does anybody believe that Mueller did not know about this? I really doubt some supervisor at NICS decided to approve this. Makes you wonder if one reason Obama wanted Mueller kept as FBI head was over this.
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