ATF Almost Complies with a Federal Law

Two Year Battle for Documents on ATF Chief Ends in 318 Redacted Pages IMG ATFHQ Instagram
Two-Year Battle for Documents on ATF Chief Ends in 318 Redacted Pages IMG ATFHQ Instagram

Senior ATF officials must have noticed Joe Biden’s shockingly low poll numbers and realized that their war against law-abiding American gun owners will soon be lost.

Now, the ATF is taking steps to clean house as much as possible and get rid of any proof that they violated the civil rights of millions of Americans, before they’re hauled in front of congressional committees to answer for their rampant misconduct.

After years of waiting, the ATF suddenly responded to two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from the Second Amendment Foundation. However, neither response satisfies the requirements of FOIA.

The first FOIA request was filed nearly three years ago after Joe Biden announced his war on “rogue gun dealers.” This request sought records concerning gun dealers who were prosecuted for either transferring a firearm to a prohibited person or failing to comply with an ATF tracing request from 2018 to 2021 – before Biden launched his unconstitutional war. ATF responded with seven pages of photocopied gibberish, which is so devoid of content and context it is unusable.

The second FOIA request was filed two years ago – just a toddler by ATF standards. It sought copies of all internal ATF emails related to the first FOIA request. The ATF claims it posted a response on an online secure document portal. However, for some reason the portal suddenly stopped working, but only for this request. It worked perfectly for the first. As a result, there’s no way to access the documents ATF claims it sent, or to verify that anything was even sent. Of course, calls to ATF’s FOIA public liaison were never returned.


The ATF is allegedly a federal law enforcement agency. The Freedom of Information Act is federal law. By their shoddy responses, coupled with years of delays, the ATF clearly violated federal law. At any legitimate law enforcement agency, such actions would result in demotions, firings or even criminal charges. At ATF, who knows.

It’s not difficult to see that there is a growing sense of unease and nervousness within ATF’s upper echelons as Biden’s prospects for a second term appear more unlikely every day. These officials should be nervous. ATF’s crimes are legion. Only a Nuremberg-type trial with ATF’s shot-callers sitting in the dock minus their belts and shoelaces will come close to making up for what they did to this country at Biden’s behest.

The Biden-Harris administration weaponized ATF right from the start and the ATF never balked. One of their first goals was to criminalize possession of commonly owned firearms and firearm accessories, in order to turn millions of law-abiding Americans into felons who are unable to vote. Fortunately, the courts intervened, but their attempt to disenfranchise millions of pro-gun voters is hard to forget or forgive.

Change is coming. Soon, the law abiding will be back in charge, and ATF will be held accountable for their crimes, especially what they did to a 13-year-old boy in rural Oklahoma, who watched in horror as an ATF SWAT team pointed machineguns at his dad, who they then handcuffed, threatened and screamed at for more than an hour, until he “voluntarily” surrendered his Federal Firearm License.

Someone needs to answer for what this young man and so many others went through, all because ATF officials ignored their oath of office and obediently followed Joe Biden’s illegal orders.

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About Lee Williams

Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” is the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project. Until recently, he was also an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.

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