Reese Family Gun Saga – Charged With Gun Sales to Mexican Drug Cartels . . . But Why the Heavy-Handed Government Treatment?
Several months ago, New Mexico residents and gun store owner, Rick Reese, his wife and two sons were charged with illegal gun sales to individuals who, according to the Justice Dept., they should have known were Mexican drug traffickers. According to a recent updated article by Jeff Knox of WorldNetDaily (wnd.com), the family has been denied bond, which means they are still sitting in jail more than three months after their arrest.
WorldNetDaily questions how is it possible that our government can come down so hard on the Reese family (jail without bond, asset forfeiture, seized inventory of guns, safes, and ammunition), knowing that the Fast and Furious operation led to several thousand guns being sold to Mexican drug gangs, and yet no one seems to be held responsible for Fast and Furious??
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A family of four – Rick Reese, his wife Terri, and their two sons, Ryin, 24, and Remington, 19 – was arrested in Las Cruces, N.M., on August 30, 2011. They have been held in four separate county and federal detention facilities without bond ever since.
Their alleged crime is that, over the course of several months, they sold between 15 and 30 guns to people they “knew, or should have known” were gun traffickers for Mexican drug gangs.
Shortly after they were arrested in Las Cruces, dozens of police vehicles, including four armored personnel carriers and two helicopters, full of armed officers and agents from an alphabet soup of state and local law enforcement agencies, swarmed over the Reese’s home and businesses. The entire firearm and ammunition inventory was taken from Rick Reese’s store, as well as his entire personal collection of firearms and all cash and valuables from his home safe. Even the 30 to 40 empty gun safes that were on display at the store were seized.
U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales indicated that he is going to seek asset forfeiture of the Reese’s home and 25-acre property (including the shooting range on the property that he leased to various law enforcement agencies), all of the cash and valuables seized, their vehicles and a monetary judgment of at least $36,000 of whatever assets might be left.
In a prepared statement to the press, U.S. Attorney Gonzales stated, “This case serves to put firearms dealers on notice that they will be held accountable for any failure to comply with federal firearms laws.”
That’s fine. All gun dealers, particularly dealers in southern border states, are well aware of heightened scrutiny and enforcement of gun laws for the past several years. But it is almost inconceivable that any dealer, particularly a successful and prosperous one like Rick Reese, would jeopardize his life and livelihood for the sake of a few extra dollars.
What’s not fine is the heavy-handed treatment of the Reese family, the judge’s refusal to establish bond for them and something else that U.S. Attorney Gonzales said: “Those who sell firearms knowing that they will be illegally smuggled into Mexico to arm Mexican cartels share responsibility for the violence that has been devastating Mexico.”
While the Reese family sits in their various jail cells accused of “should have known,” the leadership of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, or ATF, in cooperation with the Justice Department and the U.S. attorney for Arizona, twisted dealers’ arms to get them to sell over 2,000 guns to people that they knew were trafficking the guns to Mexican drug gangs. They did this with every intention of allowing the unmonitored guns to reach the bad guys and only tracked them by the crime scenes where they inevitably appeared. This program was only stopped when two of those guns turned up at the scene of the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
So, with those facts known, when are those responsible for dumping 2,000+ guns into the criminal market going to be arrested and held accountable for their contributions to “the violence that has been devastating Mexico?” . . .
Read more about the Reese Family at wnd.com