Rep. Waxman, has thrown the gauntlet at the Department of Treasury and to the Department of Justice to 'clean it up'
The GAO, using a computer and off the shelf software was able to completely create a very plausible, but fake, Gun Dealers License. With a fake license, a person can literally get any number of weapons – to include the 50 caliber BMG Sniper rifle. The GAO has also demonstrated the Americas NCIS – the criminal background check, is also flawed and criminals are bypassing the system to create a gun trafficking enterprise in the US. It should be noted that the National Rifle Association has protested the background checks claiming discrimination of gun purchasers and it appears they might be working actively to undermine all gun control laws.
Representative Waxman has repeatedly calling on John Ashcroft to look into the matter of .50 Sniper Rifles being available to persons under the age of 18.
American's have been willing to pay the price, in civil liberties, to help protect America from terrorist attacks by supporting acts and laws written by the Bush administration. However, when it comes to internal terrorism, Bush has gone soft by enabling more and more liberalized gun laws.
One clear example is Tromix which markets a .50 caliber weapon in the US that they boasted, in their advertising, will pierce the windshield of a Douglas DC-9. This comes from an investigation conducted by Congressman Waxman's office.
Apparently the Department of Justice is turning a blind eye to it all. Bush states he is tough on terrorism, but his actions contradict his words.
The GAO, in their under cover investigation, using simple software, created false birth certificates and driver's licenses – they then purchased firearms in Virginia, West Virginia, Montana, New Mexico and Arizona. When the undercover agents went into the stores to purchase firearms, the NCIS background check – even though the id's, the names on the id's and the addresses on the id's were completely bogus, the NCIS gave the OK to purchase.
Another under cover investigation found that the armor piercing military rounds for the .50 rifle are being sold on the civilian market. The rounds, designed to pierce tank armor and causing lethality, are not something that should be available to civilians, but instead are being marketed. So far the US military has not come up with an explanation – nor will they.
Before the House of Representatives is HR. 3193. This bill, if enacted will allow citizens to carry fully loaded assault weapons on their person at all times. The bill also will allow civilians to carry loaded magazines with armor piercing rounds. A letter was sent to Bush asking him to stonewall this bill, and Bush will not respond. Congress's request is falling on deaf ears by Bush and Ashcroft. This is in complete contradiction to Bush's election promise of 2000 to extend the assault weapons ban.
A joint letter signed by the entire city council of Washington D.C. sent to Tom DeLay (R-TX), US House of Representatives, also fell on deaf ears. The city council is asking that HR. 3193 be thrown out. Their pleas go unheard and ignored as congress steam rolls over the city council.
While proponents of the bill say that HR. 3193 is not that big of a threat and actually does not let civilians to carry assault rifles, the bill repeals 7-2501.01(10), 7-7202.01, and 7-2507.02 of the Washington, D.C. code, thereby creating a legal loop hole that allows civilians to carry fully loaded assault rifles at all times. The tactic for getting new very liberal gun laws passed is not to write a law allowing, but repealing certain codes which then create a legal loophole that is exploited by the words: “There is no law that says I can't”.
HR. 3193 is predicted to pass and be sent to Bush for signature after the elections. The .50 caliber weapon and the military armor piercing ammunition will be freely marketed. There are no initiatives to fix the corrupted and utterly flawed NCIS (background check) by the Department of Justice. Weapons trafficking will continue unabated. Within the US, there is no war on terrorists.
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