The head of the ATF just made some jaw-dropping admissions about his understanding of firearms

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Career criminals and convicted felons are wreaking havoc on the streets of America’s cities.

But the ATF is more interested in cracking down on semi-automatic sporting rifles and 3D-printed pistols owned by law-abiding citizens.

And the head of the ATF just made some jaw-dropping admissions about his understanding of firearms.

In a recent interview on CBS’s Face The Nation, ATF Director Steven Dettelbach seemed to admit that his agency is creating a back-door database of law-abiding citizens who purchase firearms with their credit cards!

Lack of Basic Knowledge Raises Alarms

During the interview with CBS, Dettelbach, a Biden political appointee, struggled to demonstrate basic knowledge about guns, failing to differentiate between fundamental components like clips and magazines, raising serious concerns about his qualifications to oversee firearm regulations.

And his so-called “expert,” Chris Bort – the acting chief of the ATF’s Firearms Ammunition Technology Division – couldn’t even assemble or disassemble a Glock, arguably the most popular and widely-used pistols in the world.

“I can’t get this one apart,” muttered Bort, as he struggled and ultimately failed to remove the slide from a Glock pistol.

Fears Over Credit Card Databases Tracking Gun Purchases

In the interview, Dettelbach all but admitted that the ATF is interested in creating back-door credit card databases.

“If somebody comes into your store in a border state and plunks down $12,000 cash money for one of these things (a target rifle), so that there’s no credit card trail… You know, I mean, my word… we hope that people will help us as Americans, and continue to help us, and not make that sale and protect our safety,” Dettelbach said.

Moreover, Dettelbach’s focus on implementing more regulations, particularly regarding bump stocks and pistol braces, seems misguided given his apparent lack of understanding of these devices and their use by law-abiding citizens.

Instead of addressing the real challenges, such as criminals gaining access to firearms through illicit means, his approach raises questions about the ATF’s priorities and effectiveness in addressing gun-related issues.

One area where Dettelbach’s comments have sparked controversy is his stance on 3D-printed guns.

While he expressed concerns about their use by criminal organizations, he failed to acknowledge the legitimate uses of this technology by law-abiding citizens.

3D printing offers innovative solutions for firearm enthusiasts, such as customizing parts or creating innovative prototypes.

Calls for Congressional Accountability

Ultimately, Dettelbach’s admissions highlight the importance of ensuring that those responsible for regulating firearms have a solid understanding of the subject matter.

It’s essential for Congress to hold the ATF and its leadership accountable to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners while addressing legitimate concerns about gun violence.

Critics argue that Dettelbach’s lack of familiarity with firearms undermines the credibility of the ATF under his leadership.

Yet Dettelbach seems to think the ATF is understaffed and underfunded.

“This agency is way, way, way too small,” complained Dettelbach.

Law-abiding gun owners watching this embarrassing interview would beg to differ.

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