When the dust cleared after the raid on Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s hideout, authorities discovered a .50-cal. rifle, capable of bringing down a helicopter, that was purchased through the Obama Justice Department’s failed “Fast and Furious” campaign.
Fox News reported:
When agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives checked serial numbers of the eight weapons found in his possession, they found one of the two .50-caliber weapons traced back to the ATF program, sources said.
Federal officials told Fox News they are not sure how many of the weapons seized from Guzman’s house actually originated in the U.S. and where they were purchased, but are investigating.
Out of the roughly 2,000 weapons sold through Fast and Furious, 34 were .50-caliber rifles that can take down a helicopter, according to officials.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz has long been critical of the ATF’s failed gun program. The Utah Republican tweeted:
Rifle capable of taking down helicopter found at ‘El Chapo’ hideout purchased through Fast and Furious program https://t.co/G133E6A6Vc
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) January 20, 2016
And after word got out, everyone took to social media, including conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch.
WOW. A rifle from Obama’s Fast and Furious program was found in El Chapo’s hideout: https://t.co/9HqPqFhBST
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) January 20, 2016
— Karen Sailer (@WWWineWitch) January 20, 2016
@jasoninthehouse And our number one gun salesman is responsible along with his henchman, Holder.
— Bugsy Banks (@BugsyBanks) January 20, 2016
— AJ Powers (@aj_powers) January 20, 2016
— Rusted_Ideas (@rustyprestridge) January 20, 2016
Here’s Fox News’ report on the raid, including actual footage taken from the operation.
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