Brady sues ATF for info on leaked ‘white paper,’ gun dealers
By Chris Eger
Gun control group Brady Campaign wants federal regulators to cough up documents relating to an internal memo leaked earlier this year advocating relaxed gun policies, according to a lawsuit filed in a D.C. federal court Monday.
In the complaint, Brady asks for communications between Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employees and representatives from gun manufacturers and the National Rifle Association over an 11-page “white paper,” drafted by the ATF’s associate deputy director and chief operating officer Ronald B. Turk.
Obtained by the Washington Post in January just after the inauguration of President Trump, the paper advocates removing restrictions on the sale of suppressors; conducting a study concerned with lifting the ban on imported assault weapons; and requiring a higher amount of crime guns to be traced back to specific dealers before the federal government asks for additional information from those dealers.
The lawsuit argues the white paper recommendations “appeared inconsistent with the ATF’s duty to enforce the law” and its stated mission to protect communities from criminal violence and the illegal use and trafficking of firearms. The group says it filed the lawsuit after a Freedom of Information Act request filed six months ago went unanswered. “While many recommendations in the