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NRA: agents sometimes a menace, but details of cases disputed forward in his direction. She was ap- band having a run-in with law en-
Independent witnesses oftentimes give proximately nine feet away." forcement and possibly having to go
Sanders, said he takes their charges
seriously. "This stuff about the cats
ferent image of the bureau if not for
the gun lobby's distortions.
Another agent said he heard two to jail," the BATF report said. sounds like the ravings of a mad-
conflicting accounts of the instances shots and turned to see Montgomery A trial court subsequently heard man," he said. "But one cat did die
"Over the past 10 years we ar-
rested 80.000 suspects and executed
By George Rodrigue standing and holding her pistol. that the police chiefs signature had of blunt trauma, and two died of poi- 10,000 search warrants," he said.
inflicted horrors. Then he heard two more shots and been forged on roughly two-thirds of soning."
Dallas Morning News As of this week, NRA officials "Lawsuits have been filed 229 times.
saw Montgomery fall, wounded in the forms Katona used to buy his Sanders said agents seized more And no court has ever decided
WASHINGTON - The National were sticking to their guns on those the hip and chest. weapons. But there was no evidence than 60 firearms, in addition to box-
cases. "The facts are there," the or- against a (BATF) employee."
Rifle Association calls Monique NRA spokesman Tom Wyld says Katona had known about the forger- es of financial documents. A grand Rep. Charles B. Schumer, D-
Montgomery an innocent woman, ganization said Monday in a nation- the group based its allegations on ies. The judge dismissed all charges
wide advertising campaign. jury continues to investigate. Sand- N.Y., argued before the Oklahoma
shot by federal Bureau of Alcohol, press reports and stands by them. and ordered BATF to return his ers said he will argue, if necessary, City explosion that the NRA's rheto-
Tobacco and Firearms agents "as The facts in Montgomery's shoot- weapons. that Mrs. Lamplugh was the owner
ing are disputed. ric could have tragic consequences.
she awoke from a deep sleep/' Soon after the July 13 confronta- "NRA-TV" all but accused BATF The Katonas are pressing a civil of those weapons. "The NRA and its friends ... have
Federal agents say Montgomery tion, St. Louis County Police detec- agents of killing the unborn child of suit against BATf. "They come to • • • planted a poisonous weed of political
was a drug dealer's girlfriend who tives investigated. Lt. Robert Kimberly and Louis Katona HI of my house, kill my baby, steal my On NBC-TV last Sunday, NRA ex- paranoia," he said at an April 5
was wide awake and pointing a 9mm Trittler called the NRA's claim "ter- Bucyrus, Ohio. guns and call me a criminal," ecutive vice president LaPierre said meeting of the House subcommittee
semiautomatic pistol when they en- ribly one-sided and terribly unfair. NRA commentator Ginny Simone Katona said last week. the NRA's rhetoric merely reflected on crime. "Right-wing hate groups
tered her St. Louis home with a To judge the merits of NRA said the BATF's "brute tactics" in- • . • • • ' public concern about federal agents. are arming themselves to answer a
search warrant. - claims, the Dallas Morning News re- cluded "roughing up" Mrs. Katona NRA advertisements call Harry BATF spokesman Jack Killorin purely imaginary plot with real gun
That is one of several cases the quested BATF internal investigation during a search of the family's and Theresa Lamplugh "victims of said the public would have a far dif- violence."
NRA cites as proof that ATF abuses files under the federal Freedom of home. Katona said an agent grabbed forceful, abusive and often vicious
citizens'civil rights. The group also Information Act. his wife "and slammed her into a assaults." NRA-TV charged that
accuses agents of stomping a kitten BATF reports said a judge au- concrete wall." BATF targeted the Lamplughs sim-
to death and slamming a pregnant
thorized the search of Montgomery's Within days of the raid, all sides ply because they were gun-show pro-
woman into a wall. home after agents learned that she agree, Mrs. Katona suffered a mis- moters, then subjected them to a
if those cases, lived with one of North St. Louis' carriage. "reign of terror." "
major drug suppliers, a felon known Katona was a part-time police of- Mrs. Lamplugh said a federal
NRA's charges are false or grossly to be armed. ficer who collected machine guns as agent stomped one of her kittens to
oversimplified. In May of last year, BATF agents an investment. To buy the weapons, death and kicked it into a Christmas
The NRA has made its allega- raided one of two homes owned by he needed to submit federal license tree. The couple also charged that
tions in NRA-TV "newscasts," in Montgomery, a part-time medical forms signed by his local police agents cursed, held them at gun-
fund-raising letters, on its computer technician. They reportedly found chief. point, broke their furniture and
bulletin board and in newspaper ad- $28,000 in cash, a sawed-off shotgun, He came to BATF's attention af- poured Lamplugh's cancer pills on
vertisements. a rifle and drug paraphernalia. ter the Bucyrus chief said he'd never, the floor, where two other cats ate
It staged >a photo of menacing: BATF decided to search Mont- signed the forms Katona used to buy them and died.
looking BATF agents, whom it gomery's* second home at 4:30 a.m. dozens of weapons. BATF files say the investigation
called "jack-booted government to maximize the chance that sus- BATF inspectors got a warrant to began in early 1994 after an under-
thugs." It charged that the Clinton pects would be home and minimize search the Katonas' home on May 8, cover BATF agent bought a gun
administration had given them "the the risk of armed resistance. 1992. They allowed Katona to video- from Lamplugh, who all sides agree
go-ahead to harass, intimidate, even tape their search and to have a fam- was a gun-show promoter.
murder law-abiding citizens." BATF reports said agents ily attorney present. . Lamplugh had a special problem,
After the Oklahoma City bomb- knocked, announced that they were That attorney, James W. Pry, according to BATF records and
ing/critics said the NRA's rhetoric federal officials, and heard move- said he was about 10 feet from an Delaware County, Pa., court rec-
had contributed to a climate of para- ment.' They waited 15 seconds arid BATF ;agent when Mrs. Katona, ords. He had pleaded* guilty to
' noia and violence. Former President forced the door open. quite agitated, rushed downstairs to- breaking and entering "when he was
George Bush protested by dropping St. Louis1 Trittler confirmed that ward the basement gun vault. 19. • • . ; . . .
his lifetime NRA membership and Montgomery told .local police she
, was awake* when BATF officers en-
Pry said that he was behind the As a felon himself, he was forbid- Authorized
called the NRA's leadership "nuts." BATF agent and never, saw him
President Clinton pointedly said tered, and that she was holding her grab Mrs. Katona. He did see the
den to dealin firearms.
On May 25,1994, agents searched Sales Agent
law enforcement officers deserve re- pistol as .they approached. agent step in front of her, to keep the Lamplughs' home in Wellsboro,
spect and support/"No'.one has the Later she filed a lawsuit alleging her from entering the weapons, Pa. The search party included eight
right to run them down or suggest that she was asleep and that agents room. "There was contact made," BATF agents, at least two IRS
that somehow it is all right for them failed to identify themselves as po- We are extremely proud to announce To find out how Xerox fax
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to be put in harm's way," he said lice. Her attorney, Norman S. Lon- can't say." -> Police troopers. 'Each denied all
during a memorial service for slain don, Declined to. comment because Sales Agent. Buyers Lab named the "most out-
The Katona family's criminal at- * charges of abuse, according to a standing line of copiers" two years
officers. her suit is pending. torney, Jim Jeffries, called the BATF internarinvestigation. Membership in the exclusive group
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NRA executive vice president lice1' in florescent letters. months pregnant, it was not an as- Coll now!
Wayne LaPierre conceded this week "He saw Montgomery standing at sault and battery." ;.
that his rhetoric might be "over-
blown." If the public .thought he was
the foot of .the bed," the BATF re^
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