New law enforcement investigations have revealed that at least one of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, France, came from Phoenix, Arizona, which was the home of the infamous Obama Administration operation, “Fast and Furious.” The gun was traced back to Phoenix by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) using a 4473 form, which documents a gun’s ownership history by, among other things, using serial numbers.
Sources at Judicial Watch confirm that a gun from the attacks was purchased from Phoenix “off the books” and was an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to law enforcement officials with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.
ISIS ultimately claimed responsibility for the attacks which killed 130 people. They occurred in Paris, France and the city’s northern suburb, Saint-Denis, where three suicide bombers struck near the Stade de France, followed by suicide bombings and mass shootings at cafés, restaurants, and a music venue in central Paris.
Fast and Furious was run by the ATF and allowed criminals to purchase thousands of weapons illegally through “straw purchasers.” Run from 2006 to 2011, the operation “purposely allowed licensed firearms dealers to sell weapons to illegal straw buyers, hoping to track the guns to Mexican drug cartel leaders and arrest them.” The government lost track of many of the weapons, and now at least one of them might have ended up in the hands of an ISIS terrorist.
The November attacks in France were preceded by the mass shooting of the Charlie Hebdo office in January of the same year. The gunmen, with ties to Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, were armed with with assault rifles and other weapons and killed 11 people and injured 11 more before even leaving the building. The secularist magazine often parodied the prophet Muhammad, leading to anger in the Islamic Extremist camp.
Both attacks occurred despite France having fairly strict gun laws. All semi-automatic rifles with a capacity greater than three rounds, all handguns and all rifles chambered in ‘military’ calibers, including bolt action, require permits. Firearms are divided into eight categories that determine the regulations that apply to their possession and use. France also sets limits on the number of cartridges that can be kept at home.
Obama and anti-gun liberals will chastise gun owners and point fingers at them when tragedies occur; yet, they have directly placed dangerous weapons into the hands of dangerous people.
Much like Chicago, the Pulse Night Club, and scores of gun-free zones, gun-regulations in France may have cost lives. But just this weekend, a South Carolina man with a concealed carry license stopped an active shooter at a local nightclub.
Meanwhile, France remains on high alert for terror as unrest continues in the country while it is hosting the Euro 2016 Soccer Tournament.