Brady Campaign Sues ATF to Get Info On Gun Dealers, Leaked ‘White Paper’

ATF Agents (Photo: Fox40)

The gun control group known as the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence has sued the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for information relating to “bad apple” gun dealers as well as a white paper that made headlines earlier this year.

The complaint claims that the ATF has failed to comply with two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

One asks for all warning letters, warning conference notices, and the underlying reports of violations issued to federal firearms licensees within the last two years. It also asks the ATF to hand over all notices of “revocation of license” issued to federal firearms licensees from the same time period.

The Brady Campaign claims that these documents will help the organization achieve its “mission” to “hold accountable gun dealers” whose “reckless and irresponsible practices worsen the problem of gun violence in America.”

Brady Co-President Avery Gardiner doubled down on this line of reasoning in a statement released this week.

“The ATF has a critical role in monitoring the gun industry and keeping America safe from gun violence,” he said. “We sought information about its work, and it did not respond, even though it is required to do so under federal law. We certainly hope that ATF is doing its job and the public deserves these documents so we can make sure that the ATF is doing everything it can to stop gun trafficking and other crimes.”

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In the second part of the lawsuit, the Brady Campaign claims the ATF has failed to release communications between ATF employees and outside entities relating to a leaked white paper written earlier this year by ATF second-in-command Roland Turk.

The white paper, published by the Washington Post in January, advocates removing restrictions on the sale of suppressors; conducting a study concerned with lifting the ban on imported “assault weapons”; and requiring a higher amount of crime guns to be traced back to specific dealers before the federal government asks for additional information from those dealers.

While the Brady Campaign does not accuse the ATF of foul play, the lawsuit does note that the white paper was leaked on the day of President Trump’s inauguration. It also points out that the National Rifle Association contributed financially to that campaign, and that the aims of the white paper “appear consistent with the NRA’s agenda of removing and reducing firearms regulations.”

Accordingly, the FOIA request seeks all internal ATF communications relating to the white paper as well as all communications that relate to the white paper between the ATF, members of the Presidential Transition Team, and representatives of the National Rifle Association.

The Brady Campaign claims that it needs all of these documents to “reduce gun-related injury and death” and to “educate the public.”

About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over two years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco.

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  • MJ August 4, 2018, 6:59 pm

    Hold gun dealers acountable? What about anyone using a gun in any offensive manner contrary to law? Lock them up, no plea bargain, no excuses and no second chances. Now that’s making criminals accountable.

  • Leighton Cavendish October 22, 2017, 11:08 am

    Did they ask for this information while Obama was in office? Just curious.
    If not…why not?

  • Phil October 20, 2017, 1:15 pm

    Hey Brady Campaign: You’ve been waiting to hear back from the ATF on a paperwork request, huh? GOOD F***ING LUCK!

    Now you know how we feel. I submitted a complete Form 1 application to them for permission to build an SBR and paid them for the privilege. I’ve never been accused of committing a crime in my life. It took two weeks short of a YEAR to get a reply. You asked for a lot more so you may have a reply in time for the 2020 campaign.

    • Pseudo October 22, 2017, 6:47 am

      You should try dealing with the Veterans Administration (VA), it took me over three years to just add my wife to my VA disability account. I already had a disability VA number, I sent all the required certified paper work in on December 23, 2012, VA received December 27, 2012 and the task was finally accomplished in April 2015.

  • Dan October 20, 2017, 1:03 pm

    There are some dealers that sell there weapons to person who fabricated there weapons application. They would be better served if thy ask from law enforcement for reports of stolen weapons.

  • joefoam October 20, 2017, 9:41 am

    Where were these guys when the gun dealers were trying to stop the Fast and Furious debacle?

    • Leighton Cavendish October 22, 2017, 11:08 am

      That concerned their messiah Obama…and his disciple Holder.

  • Mark N. October 18, 2017, 6:55 pm

    No, it wants this information so that it can try to sue allegedly bad dealers out of business. Last I checked, that was the job of the ATF.

    • saibubba October 19, 2017, 10:37 am

      That, and they wish to whip up hysteria against any plan to eliminate pointless restrictions. Many collectors/shooters would like the restrictions on the G3/HK91 lifted, very high quality and desirable firearms. The other weapon that comes to mind is the Norinco 1911 .45. It’s probably the best affordable start to a competition gun on the planet, yet import is denied. We import average quality versions of the 1911 made by our ‘ally’ The Philippines, but the high quality Norinco from China is a nay due to arbitrary restrictions put forth by non-shooters to ‘stem the flow of weapons’ they deemed not to be ‘PC’.
      Brady has no facts to argue the case in committee, they plan to use fear and misinformation cloaked as ‘common sense’ to spark ‘grassroots’ opposition.

      • Franks62 October 20, 2017, 11:30 am

        I don’t disagree with your general point but you’re waaaaaay off on Norinco. There’s a very good reason they’re not eligible for import into the US. They tried to sell weapons to L.A. street gangs. I don’t see why the restrictions can’t be revisited but I do understand why that doesn’t happen.

        • Colonialgirl October 20, 2017, 12:01 pm

          Your comment is nothing more than pure absolute nonsense and bullshyte in huge heaping piles.
          Been a liberal useful idiot and gun hater long?

      • Dennis October 20, 2017, 3:00 pm

        saibubba – Norinco can’t sell here because they were sanctioned for selling missile technology to the Iranians.

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