Outgunned: Law Enforcement Agents Warn Congress They Lack Adequate Tools to Counter Illegal Firearms Trafficking, Minority Staff Report Prepared for Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, June 2011   [open pdf - 372KB]

"On March 16, 2011, Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa launched an investigation into allegations that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), as part of an effort known as Operation Fast and Furious, failed to properly monitor hundreds of firearms acquired by suspected straw purchasers and destined for drug cartels in Mexico. The Committee has issued 11 subpoenas as part of this investigation, and Committee staff have conducted transcribed interviews with multiple officials from ATF, the Department of Justice, and private parties. On June 15, 2011, Chairman Issa held a hearing relating to this investigation and called three ATF field agents to testify about their complaints regarding the mismanagement of Operation Fast and Furious. At the hearing, Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings voiced significant concern, stating: 'The allegations that have been made are very troubling, and new information we have obtained raises additional concerns about the role of various actors involved in these incidents.' [...] This report provides new information obtained during the Committee's investigation, including excerpts from transcribed interviews with multiple law enforcement agents that have not been made public to date. These agents--including the same agents called by Chairman Issa to testify at the Committee's hearing on June 15, 2011--repeatedly warned about the increasingly dire problem of U.S. firearms flooding into Mexico, including tens of thousands of military-grade assault weapons illegally trafficked each year."

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