No charges will be brought against Wisconsin DCI Special Agent in Charge Jay Smith who, according to the Wisconsin State Journal, admitted to an agent of the ATF that he made and sold guns, without a license, to fellow law enforcement officers including Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen. Dan Bethards, a special agent who worked under Smith and the whistle blower in this case, also claimed that Smith sought his help in converting a stolen machine gun to fully automatic status. Smith denies this.
Federal law defines ” manufacture ” as an endeavor of profit, and Smith’s claim is that he made the guns and sold them for cost only to people he knew and trusted. DOJ spokesperson Dana Brueck told the WSJ any suggestion that Van Hollen acted illegally is ” untruthful and defamatory. ” So suggesting it might be illegal for someone to possess a fire arm made by someone without a license is defamatory? Interesting.
Would all of this hold true for a group of black men in Milwaukee? If one of them, for whatever reason, went to the police and told them that a friend of his was making firearms in his basement, without a license, and then selling them to other friends and associates, and that the guy had also attempted to convert a stolen machine gun into a fully automatic weapon, what do you think would happen?
It’s not hard to imagine that someone would have been shot and killed in the likely ensuing police raid of the firearm makers home. And it seems likely the cops would round up all of the guns made, and the DA’s office would at least attempt to charge everyone who had possession of one. Or in the event the DA’s office declined to prosecute, it’s not hard to imagine a thundering denunciation of the DA from the likes of Sheriff David Clarke or the Milwaukee Police Association.
But it’s defamatory to even suggest that J.B. Van Hollen acted illegally by buying a firearm that was made by a guy without a license. Right. Gotcha.
I guess life is good when you’re a well connected white guy.