#FastAndFurious Oh my. ATF agent’s personal firearm found at site of beauty queen’s killing

Posted by: Phineas on December 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Updating this item. Two guns linked to the Obama administration’s gunwalking operation were found at the site of a gun battle in Mexico that took the life of model and beauty queen Susana Flores Maria Gamez. Only one of the was purchased by a federal agent:

Mexican beauty queen Susana Flores Maria Gamez and four others died in the brutal gun battle between Sinaloa cartel members and the Mexican military in November. CBS News has learned that an FN Herstal pistol recovered near the crime scene in November was originally purchased by an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) manager who was faulted by the Inspector General in Operation Fast and Furious: George Gillett. Gillett was the Asst. Special Agent in Charge of ATF Phoenix when Fast and Furious began.

The Herstal pistol is nicknamed a “cop-killer” because of its designation as a “weapon of choice” for Mexican drug cartels. CBS News has learned the Inspector General planned to question Gillett today after a hastily-opened inquiry to determine how this agent’s personal weapon got into the hands of suspected cartel members.

CBS News spoke to Gillett, who is still employed at ATF. Gillett acknowledged he once owned the weapon in question, but says he sold it in Phoenix sometime last year after advertising it on the Internet. He declined to provide the name of the man who bought it, but says he went “above and beyond” what was required by law to complete the firearms transaction. That included asking the purchaser to fill out a form giving personal information and stating that he was in the U.S. legally; and checking his driver’s license, which Gillett said was issued in the U.S.

According to Senator Grassley, however, the aforementioned Form 4473s contained multiple errors and falsifications, which, if true, may cost Agent Gillett up to five years in the penitentiary. And –irony alert– these are the same forms straw buyers for the cartels had to fill out and lie on.

So, in at least this case and with at least this weapon, was an ATF agent himself acting as a straw buyer? Or is he just dumber than a box of rocks? How many other transactions was Agent Gillett involved in, and how many straw purchases did he oversee as part of his work on Fast and Furious?

It seems Senator Grassley and Congressman Issa’s work isn’t done yet.

via Instapundit

RELATED: Earlier posts on Fast and Furious.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. Carlos says:

    “It seems Senator Grassley and Congressman Issa’s work isn’t done yet.”

    Well, doh!

    Unless one believes, as I do, that all this “investigation” crap is for public consumption only and is in fact meant only as such and not to put any of the criminals of this administration behind bars.

    Which means that for the major players of the investigation, Issa and Grassley included, they are guilty of nothing less than aiding and abetting the coverup and possibly conspiracy to commit crimes and aiding in the breaking of international laws and…

    So Gillett gets fired and maybe 5 years probation. Big whup. What about the ones Issa and Grassley will never, ever go after seriously, like at a minimum Mr. My People and at best Mr. I-Walk-On-Water himself?

  2. Amid all the inane talk of gun violence in this country and the fear we may become accustomed to it, it becomes a creeping suspicion we may be approaching becoming acclimated to the specter that egregiously corrupt acts by the Obhammud administration are “just another day at the office”. Ten years from now, Fast & Furious weapons will turn up at crime scenes as distant from one another as origins and destinations on the flights of migratory birds.