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The accompanying story reports that DOJ officials are in “panic mode” which they well should be. According to the story, the following will come out in the second hearing scheduled for Wednesday, June 15th:
– The ATF allowed and encouraged five Arizona gun store owners to sell some 1,800 weapons to buyers known to them as gun smugglers.
– It installed cameras inside the gun stores to record purchases made by those smugglers.
– It hid GPS trackers inside gun stocks and watched the weapons go south on computer screens.
– It obtained surveillance video from parking lots and helicopters showing straw buyers transferring their guns from one car to another.
– It learned guns sold in Phoenix were recovered only when Mexico police requested “trace data,” which is obtained from their serial number.
What has really caught my eye about this story is the third item on GPS trackers inside the gun stocks. Back in April, I had a couple of posts discussing GPS trackers after Michael Bane had speculated about it on his weekly podcast. I didn’t go further with this because I couldn’t find evidence of purchases by ATF of RFI tags or GPS trackers within a government contracting/purchases database. I should have looked harder because it appears our speculations were correct.