The United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is being sued by a government watchdog organization for continuing to hide the truth about former President Barack Obama’s illicit anti-gun agenda.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton argued in its lawsuit that the pro-gun control Obama administration went above and beyond the law by trying to get certain types of ammunition out of the hands of legal gun owners exercising their Second Amendment rights – as guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.
“The Obama administration excelled at pushing its radical agenda through any means necessary,” Fitton contended in his column on Breitbart News. “Since its gun-control agenda was not going anywhere, it decided to control ammunition – which would have had the same effect. Everyone with an appreciation of the Second Amendment saw right through it.”
Taking the Justice Department to court
In September, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against ATF – a component of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) – demanding that it turn over 1,900 pages of records containing information about its controversial effort to make specific bullets unavailable to legal American gun owners.
According to the government watchdog’s lawsuit, Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice, if AFT’s proposed reclassification ends up being enforced, it would effectively prohibit specific types of AR-15 ammunition as armor-piercing.
Through the lawsuit, Judicial Watch is seeking to expose Obama’s deceitful covert attempt to take these certain types of ammunition out of the hands of Americans whose right to bear arms currently entitles them to such bullets for their legally purchased assault rifles as a means of protection – and/or recreational use at the local shooting range or other target facility.
“We sued after the agency failed to respond to our May 14, 2018, FOIA request for the 1,900 documents about the Obama administration’s AR-15 ammo ban efforts,” Fitton explained. “The documents include ATF talking points about the ‘Armor Piercing Ammunition Notice of Proposed Rulemaking’ and other records discussing ammunition classification.”
Out of office, but not out of trouble …
The effort to expose Obama’s DOJ branch for its alleged unconstitutional maneuver goes back to the former president’s last year of office – and now extends into President Donald Trump’s second year behind the desk of the Oval Office.
“This lawsuit is the latest development in our more than three-year effort to obtain documents from the ATF,” Fitton pointed out. “Judicial Watch discovered the document cache in separate litigation on the ammo ban issue.”
The government watchdog group exposed the existence of the previously concealed documents via a press release announcing its lawsuit filed against ATF in federal court.
Congress says not so fast
More than three-and-a-half years ago, hundreds of congressmen tried to keep the DOJ from manipulating the system to take the armor-piercing ammunition out of the hands of legal firearms owners – a move that is allegedly unconstitutional and an overreach of the U.S. government.
“In March 2015, more than 200 members of Congress wrote to former ATF Director B. Todd Jones to express their ‘serious concern’ that the proposal to reclassify the ammunition types as armor-piercing may violate the Second Amendment by restricting ammunition that had been primarily used for ‘sporting purposes,’” Fitton recounted.
Senators were quick to contend that the Founding Fathers’ intent to give citizens the right to bear arms in the Bill of Rights was being overridden by the DOJ branch in the federal government’s covert power grab attempt under the Obama administration.
“[The ATF’s maneuver to reclassify specific ammunition types] does not comport with the letter or spirit of the law and will interfere with Second Amendment rights by disrupting the market for ammunition that law-abiding Americans use for sporting and other legitimate purposes,” Congress’ letter reads.
After Congress applied the pressure, AFT was compelled to stop its reclassification effort, as most of the 80,000-plus comments it received about its attempt to ban armor-piercing ammunition condemned the move.
“Although ATF endeavored to create a proposal that reflected a good faith interpretation of the law and balanced the interests of law enforcement, industry and sportsmen, the vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include issues that deserve further study,” ATF’s press release states. “Accordingly, ATF will not at this time seek to issue a final framework.”
Fitton believes that AFT has already had more than enough time to get things right and is now pressing forward in court to fully expose Obama’s allegedly unconstitutional move.
“Simply put, the ATF refuses to comply with federal open records law,” Fitton asserted in a call for the government bureau to stop playing games with the American people. “The ATF has withheld records for over three years concerning the Obama administration’s shady attempt to institute gun control by restricting ammunition instead of guns.”