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CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS

 

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The BATFE is notorious for its incompetence, racism, routine perjury, and outright brutality to firearms owners.

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Even Congress agrees that the BATFE is out of control -- they've held hearings several times!. Read the transcripts to find out why this agency has been called "jack-booted thugs."

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PLEASE NOTE - it appears that the links to document various files we give below, at http://judiciary.house.gov/ - have ceased to be viable. Thus far the douments have not been found elsewhere but if they are found we will update links.  Sorry for this problem.

Congress has held hearings on the BATFE as early as the 1970s, yet this out-of-control agency continues to receive more funding and more power.


July 11, 1979
Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations

Oversight Hearing on The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms

Full transcript

March 28 , 2006
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

Oversight Hearing of "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE): Reforming Licensing and Enforcement Authorities"

Opening Statement (transcript)
Transcript: Audrey Stucko (BATFE)
Transcript: Richard Gardiner (Attorney)
Transcript: Lt. Michael Lara (Police Officer)
Transcript: M. Kristen Rand (Violence Policy Center)
Streaming video webcast (hosted on Congressional servers; cannot guarantee link availability)
Full audio recording (8MB, MP3 format)

February 28, 2006
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

Oversight Hearing of "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) Part 2: Gun Show Enforcement."

Despite previous announcements, this hearing was not webcast. As such, we do not have an audio recording of the statements or questions/answer period. Links below are to the transcripts as listed on the House Judiciary Committee's website. If anyone has a recording of the actual hearing, please contact us!

Opening Statement
Transcript: Michael R. Bouchard - ATF Assistant Director (Field Operations) (PDF Format)
Transcript: Sheriff Larry Dever - Cochise County Sheriff's Office, Bisbee AZ (no transcript available)
Transcript: Lt. Col. D.A. Middleton - Deputy Chief of Police, Henrico County Police Department
Transcript: Major David McCoy - City of Richmond Police Department

February 15, 2006
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

Oversight Hearing of "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) Part 1: Gun Show Enforcement."

Opening Statement (transcript)
Transcript: Annette Gelles, witness
Transcript: James LaLime, witness
Transcript: John White, witness
Streaming video webcast (hosted on Congressional servers; cannot guarantee link availability)
Full audio recording (8MB, MP3 format) Please note that the hearings began 15 minutes earlier than scheduled. As a result, the recording begins a few moments after the hearing started, and the first few minutes of this audio recording contain some slight pauses or interruptions.

 

 

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