UPDATE 2011: The Tiahrt restrictions are blocking Congressional oversight of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives & Firearms (ATF) and its controversial “Operation Fast & Furious.” According to allegations, ATF allowed guns to be illegally trafficked to Mexico, possibly putting law enforcement officers in danger. ATF is prevented by Tiahrt from releasing trace data connected to Fast & Furious, forcing Congress to request the data from the Mexican Government.
Since 2003, the Tiahrt Amendments have made it more difficult for law enforcement to go after illegal gun traffickers. Use our tool to tell your members of Congress that it’s time to give police the tools they need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
Patricia Tucker's husband, Mark, was killed with an illegal gun. He was an Investigator in the Wake County, NC Sheriff’s office. [l|sites/all/files/docs/lhj_illegal_guns.pdf|Read about Patricia’s Story (PDF)]. For more facts about the video… [l|node/3|click here.]
The ATF reports that 70% of guns recovered and traced from Mexican drug war crime scenes originate from the United States. Learn how the Tiahrt Amendments are aiding the traffickers and adding fuel to the fire.
Go to Protectpolice.org’s Mexican Drug War page
The “Tiahrt Amendment” is named for its original sponsor, U.S. Representative Todd Tiahrt (R-KS). The Tiahrt Amendment is a provision that members of Congress have tucked into federal spending bills that