BELLEVUE, WA â€“ The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today that Attorney General Eric Holderâ€™s call for the Justice Departmentâ€™s inspector general to examine the â€œProject Gunrunnerâ€ scandal is â€œexactly what we called on him to do more than a week ago.â€
Holder announced Thursday night â€“ following a second expose by CBS News on the a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation in Phoenix dubbed â€œFast and Furiousâ€ that is part of the agencyâ€™s broader â€œProject Gunrunnerâ€ effort â€“ that he was asking the Inspector General to look into allegations that the operation deliberately allowed hundreds of guns to be transported to Mexico. That decision was followed by a second announcement by ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson that he will assemble a panel of law enforcement professionals to review the agencyâ€™s strategies.
â€œEvidently,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, â€œMr. Holder acted on our advice. This scandal screams for an investigation, and Sen. Charles Grassley should not be out there on his own probing this scandal.â€
CCRKBA issued a statement on Feb. 24 that called on Holder to either investigate the Gunrunner controversy or step down. CCRKBA also urged its members to contact their senators and congressional representatives, demanding oversight hearings on the ATFâ€™s handling of this operation.
â€œGuns allowed into the illicit pipeline by the â€˜Fast and Furiousâ€™ operation were involved in the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and countless other crimes in Mexico and the United States,â€ Gottlieb added. â€œReports by CBS, the Los Angeles Times and other news agencies point to an operation that got out of control in a hurry. The people responsible for this mess should be fired.
â€œBecause of the CBS revelations last night,â€ he said, â€œwe are renewing our call for American gun owners to contact Capitol Hill and ask why the appropriate House and Senate committees are not already investigating this debacle.â€
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