A federal lawsuit has been filed against executive actions on guns by President Barack Obama, by the conservative Freedom Watch, according to The Hill.
The news came as the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show opened in Las Vegas, where business is brisk, thanks largely to Obama’s anti-gun policies. Firearms retailers crowding the aisles of this huge industry show said lots of new customers have been buying guns in recent weeks, and no end appears in sight.
In a related development, a federal judge has rejected the Justice Department’s argument that information related to the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious enjoys “executive privilege” protection from Congress. It is a step in the right direction, although the Justice Department apparently can withhold some documents being sought by congressional investigators.
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Rep. Darrell Issa, who chaired congressional hearings on Fast and Furious, issued a statement:
“The ruling…by the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. is an acknowledgement that this Administration was wrong to withhold information related to Operation Fast and Furious, which necessitated holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The House of Representatives has an obligation to the public and the victims of a reckless Department of Justice operation to continue this push for the full truth.
“For over three years, the Obama Administration has refused to provide documents to Congressional investigators related to the misguided and deadly Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking program. (The) ruling is a step toward accountability for this Administration and is a judicial rebuke of the President’s unwillingness to be forthcoming to the America people. This decision underscores the inappropriateness of President Obama’s politically motivated assertion of Executive Privilege. Those responsible have gone to great lengths to obstruct the truth and to cover up the motives, facts, and circumstances surrounding why they lied to Congress about a program that put weapons in the hands of drug cartels.”
By no small coincidence, Fox News confirmed that one of the .50-caliber rifles that was part of the Fast and Furious investigation was recovered by Mexican authorities when they arrested drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Jan. 8.
Meanwhile, during Tuesday’s annual “State of the Industry” banquet, Steve Sanetti, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, issued a call to action as the 2016 election campaigns shift into high gear. The choices seem obvious; change course by changing parties in control of the White House, or face an administration controlled by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Sanetti told the audience to “beware of politicians who say ‘I support the Second Amendment, but…’” It is critical, he explained, for the industry to fight back, because gun control advocates have declared war, but he predicted that ultimately “we will prevail.”
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