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FBI Clears Deputy Who Shot ,Killed Teen Who Had Replica AK-47

Andy Lopez

Andy Lopez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sonomo County Sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus had a split second to decide whether to pull the trigger when a teenager pointed what appeared to be an automatic weapon at him.

The 24-year veteran of the department squeezed the trigger eight times, killing the 13-year-old boy who turned out to be holding a replica AK-47, the San Francisco Gate reports.

On Wednesday, the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office alerted Sheriff Steve Freitas that they’ve concluded that the deputy did not commit any federal civil rights violations in the shooting death of Andy Lopez.

The federal investigation follows a decision by Sonoma County prosecutors to clear Gelhaus of any criminal wrongdoing.

The shooting happened after deputies in a patrol car spotted Andy from behind and thought he had a real automatic weapon.

Deputies said Andy responded to them by raising his hand with the plastic weapon, prompting the shooting.

LA Times Editorial: Obama Admin. Takes Concrete Step Toward Curbing Gun Flow to Mexico

atf file photo

By The Los Angeles Times Editorial Page

The Obama administration took a concrete step toward curbing the flow of semiautomatic weapons to Mexico last week when it adopted a new regulation mandating the reporting of multiple sales of long guns to federal authorities. Under the regulation, some 8,500 licensed gun shops in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas will be required to inform the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a customer buys more than one semiautomatic that is .22 caliber or greater within a five-day period. The regulation is a small but significant tool that could help federal authorities keep weapons sold in the United States out of the hands of Mexican gangs and drug cartels. Rather than tracing an AK-47 after it has been recovered from a crime scene, ATF agents may be able to intervene before the weapon is smuggled across the border. The National Rifle Assn. is, not surprisingly, denouncing the modest rule as encroaching on Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights; in fact, it is already threatening to sue the federal government, contending that only Congress can impose such rules. To read more click here.

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Tex. Congressman Says Mexican Cartel Members Plotting to Kill American Agents

Michael McCaul

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A law enforcement bulletin is warning that Mexican drug cartel members  have talked about killing U.S. law enforcement agents on the American side of the border, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas  said Thursday that  the gangsters were overheard talking about killing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Texas Rangers.

AP reported that the plot involved Mexican using AK-47 assault rifles to shoot from Mexico into the U.S. In February, ICE agent Jaime Zapata was shot to death and another agent he was with was wounded in Mexico.

Authorities are offering a reward of up to $5 million in the case.

Some Federal Agents “Anguished” Over ATF Operation That Let Guns into Mexico

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A variety of federal agent voiced “anguished objections” over an ATF operation that allowed guns to be smuggled in Mexico so they could be traced to the top levels of the drug cartels, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The paper reported that the operation known as “Operation Fast and Furious” lost track of hundreds of firearms, many which have been linked to crimes including the murder of a Border Patrol agent last December.

“With the number of guns we let walk, we’ll never know how many people were killed, raped, robbed,” ATF agent John Dodson said in an interview with the Center for Public Integrity, according to the LA Times. “There is nothing we can do to round up those guns. They are gone.”

Dodson said in that interview that he was still haunted by his participation in the operation, the Times reported.

The paper reported that “ATF said agents took every possible precaution to assure that guns were recovered before crossing into Mexico.”

ATF spokesman Scot L. Thomasson said the operation is under evaluation, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“It’s always a good business practice to review any new strategy six or eight months after you’ve initiated it, to make sure it’s working, that it’s having the desired effect, and then make adjustments as you see fit to ensure it’s successful,” he said.

Meanwhile, Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt wrote in a column on Friday after meeting with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon, that the president said the flow into Mexico  of assault weapons like AK-47s rose “exponentially” after Congress let a ban on the sale of assault weapons expire in 2004.