The embattled federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, still reeling from the botched gun-trafficking scandal that allowed 2,000 guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, is in the middle of yet another ugly dispute.
The ATF’s Reno office has been all-but shut down for nearly a year because U.S. prosecutors said they would no longer accept cases submitted by the office, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported after a months-long investigation.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee which oversees the ATF, said the dispute has forced the transfer of four full-time agents from the Reno outpost, which once housed six investigators. He said a Sept. 29, 2011, directive from Nevada federal prosecutors, informing the ATF that “we are not accepting any cases submitted by your office” has left the office adrift.
The two remaining agents have been attempting to assist state prosecutors because their federal counterparts have shut them out, Grassley said.
So we’re still paying them, but not using them? Also gotta love the misuse of the term “Botched”. I mean if you GIVE guns to known Mexican criminals, and then make ZERO attempts to track the rifles as they leave the country, did you really “Botch” tracking the rifles as they left the country?