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Federal Sting Operation May Have Led To Patrol Agent’s Death

March 23, 2011 by  

Federal sting operation may have led to patrol agent's deathSeveral lawmakers have called for a thorough investigation of Project Gunrunner, a sting operation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) that may have led to an American agent's death.

According to CBS News, the goal of Project Gunrunner was to track down leaders of Mexican drug cartels by allowing illegal gun trafficking across the border. Officials hoped that by following the sale of military weapons, they would identify some of the high-level members of these criminal organizations.

The news provider discovered that one of those guns may have been responsible for the death of United States Border Control Agent Brian Terry, who was shot by illegal immigrants in December 2010. The serial numbers on the two assault rifles at the scene matched two rifles that the ATF had watched a straw buyer purchase the year before.

Although the Justice Department, which oversees ATF, claims that it has never knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to suspected gunrunners, several Congressmen are searching for more answers. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) wants to know the specifics behind Project Gunrunner, and who in the Federal government was behind it.

"I'm still asking questions and we're getting the runaround from the Justice Department," Grassley told the news provider. "They're stonewalling. And the longer the wait, the more they fight, the more egg that they're going to have on their face."

Alan Gottlieb, the chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, said that President Barack Obama's op-ed about gun control in the March 13 edition of the Arizona Daily Star was an effort to deflect attention away from the growing controversy surrounding Project Gunrunner.

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