Gun Owners Foundation Files Suit to Obtain ATF Fast & Furious Records

Michael Harless Firearms Law, FOIA Law, Litigation, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

On June 6, 2012, on behalf of Gun Owners Foundation, our firm filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The suit stemmed from an April, 2011 Freedom of Information Act request in which GOF sought records pertaining to the infamous “Fast and Furious” and program where ATF federal agents deliberately and incomprehensibly put firearms directly into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

ATF’s response to our request was much the same as its response to Congressman Darrel Issa and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is currently holding hearings into the agency’s activities. ATF at first refused to even acknowledge receiving GOF’s request, and then failed to respond substantively for well over a year, all the while claiming that a response would be forthcoming.

The complaint asks the district court for injunctive relief — to order ATF to produce relevant, non exempt documents — documents that ATF has already acknowledged that it possesses, but will not give to GOF.

Exhibit 1, the April 2011 Freedom of Information Act request, is available here.
Exhibit 2, the June 2011 ATF response to the FOIA request, is available here.

Link to complaint