Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa





Grassley: ATF Must Get Serious about its Undercover Storefront Operations

Sep 09, 2016

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today issued the following statement regarding a Justice Department Inspector General report recommending sweeping changes to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) management of undercover storefront operations.

“For years, ATF has demonstrated a shocking lack of responsibility and judgment.  We saw this with Operation Fast and Furious and again with Operation Fearless. This inspector general report confirms what we’ve long suspected: poor management and a loose organizational culture has led to completely avoidable failures in its undercover storefront operations. ATF has been tasked with an important responsibility of keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals.  It’s time that this organization gets serious about that duty.  Our safety and our rights depend on it,” Grassley said.

Grassley first raised concerns about ATF’s undercover storefront operations in 2013 following reports that they lacked sufficient supervision and management.  Some reports revealed that ATF recruited a developmentally disabled individual and ran a sting operation near a school.