Readers of the Guardian newspaper, most of whom presumably live in the United Kingdom, could be forgiven for thinking that the Houston area gun dealer discussed in this article is at least indirectly part of the “gun trafficking problem” we hear so much about:
It was nothing more than a routine inspection for federal agents. But as they browsed the records of Carter’s Country gun shop in Houston, investigators picked up on a series of big sales. For cash.
Federal agents were alerted not only by the number of guns involved – sometimes a dozen at a time – but the type. Time and again buyers walked out of Carter’s Country clutching assault rifles, semi-automatic pistols with armour-piercing bullets and powerful sniper rifles accurate to more than a mile.
The article goes on to state that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) knew there could be only one destination for these guns: the Mexican drug cartels. It also points out that Carter’s Country is just one of many gun shops in the Houston area which has sold guns later connected to Mexican crime scenes, but mentions no others by name.
There’s something else the Guardian article never once mentions. There was not a single word in the article about the fact that Carter’s Country had been recruited by the BATFE, in what those who have been following the “Project Gunwalker” scandal will recognize as an operation very similar to “Operation Fast and Furious.” That operation, which was run out of the Phoenix office of the BATFE, was only one component of “Project Gunwalker” (CBS News has found “gunwalking” allegations in ten cities, spread throughout five states).
Houston was home to another, with Carter’s Country right in the middle of it, as explained in a Fox News story from almost a year ago:
[Carter’s Country Attorney Dick] Deguerin says the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms asked Carter’s Country to complete transactions, even when sales people strongly suspected the weapons were headed to Mexican drug gangs.
“They were told to go through with what they considered to be questionable sales. They were told to go through with sales of three or more assault rifles at the same time or five or more 9 millimeter guns at the same time or a young Hispanic male paying in cash. It’s all profiling, but they went through with it,” said Deguerin.
In fact, after Deguerin went public with that revelation, the federal grand jury investigation of Carter’s Country was dropped. From the Washington Post:
In an echo of the Fast and Furious case, DeGuerin said that Carter’s Country had dozens of guns traced to Mexico, because in the past few years, the retailer was told by the ATF to go ahead with sales of assault weapons and then report the serial numbers later to the ATF.
Last week, a prosecutor called DeGuerin to say the investigation was being dropped.
One cannot help but wonder why the British newspaper apparently appointed itself “the guardian” of that information. Regardless, domestic apologists for this administration and for “gun control” are no doubt grateful.
- Following the various threads of Project Gunwalker — “Gun Dealer: ‘ATF Approved Sales to Mexican Gun Runners'”
- Does Texas gun shop tie in with ‘Project Gunwalker’?
- Why should any gun dealer cooperate with BATFE?