The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is looking to get rid of firearms that are associated with the Obama-era Operation Fast and Furious scandal.
The House and Senate Judiciary Committees were informed of ATF’s decision earlier this week, which included the destruction and disposal of the relevant weapons. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, has noted that this would not be a proper approach as the scandal was still causing public concern.
In a letter to the ATF, Jordan noted that while they might be hoping to “forget its dangerous misconduct in Operation Fast and Furious,” the scandal remained a key public concern, and there is still an investigation ongoing to look into the potential criminal and civil actions that can be taken. Therefore, it would be inappropriate for the ATF to destroy what could be key evidence in the search for justice in relation to Operation Fast and Furious.
The ATF’s decision followed the Department of Justice inspector’s general decision for an audit of the ATF storage unit in West Virginia to be conducted. It was determined that the storage unit was chock full of “thousands of firearms, firearm parts, and ammunition,” most of which were stolen previously.
The audit determined that the weapons taken in Operation Fast and Furious were not being stored properly and that they were not in the emergency gun vault, despite the vault having enough space.
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