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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
                                                                                                                                              he said. "The force of the contact, I            agents, and two Pennsylvania State              our new status as an Authorized Xerox machines and the Xerox copiers that
  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
      BATF Director John Magaw                                                                          The agent who shot Montgomery                                                                                                          means you can count on us as your     in a row can improve your business,
                                                                                                                                              NRA's charges' 'an overstatement."                  Pennsylvania police Sgt. John                                                      call us today. We carry all the Xerox
 charged the NRA with deliberately                                                                 said he walked up three .flights of            At most, Jeffries said; the BATF             toner said last week that his officers          complete source for quality Xerox
 slandering the nation's only fire-                                                                 stairs to the master bedroom, re-.                                                                                                         products and Xerox service. All       supplies that keep your office run-
                                                                                                                                              agent blocked an "overexcited"                   were with the Lamplughs through-                                                      ning smoothly, ^nd every Xerox
 arms-control agency. "When they                                                                    peatedly shouting, "Police with a        'Mrs. Katona, then "put her arms be-              out the search. "The BATF did abso-           /backed by more than 50 years of.
 can't win in Congress and can't win                                                                search warrant, get down." He said                                                                                                         leadership and a commitment to        product canries the remarkable Total
                                                                                                                                              hind her and pushed her toward the               lutely nothing wrong. I can tell you                                                  Satisfaction Guarantee.
 In the courts, they attack the regula-                                                            he entered the darkened bedroom            wall. It would not have injured you              that," he said.                               ^excellence that only .Xerox offers. ,
 tory agency," he said.                                                                            carrying a lighted shield with " Po-       and me, though we are not three                   • The Lamplughs' attorney, Bob
      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^
                                                                                                   port says. "She was holding a fire-
                                                                                                                                                  BATF files say medical records                                                              GLOBAL DOCUMEOT^TION CO., INC.
 directing criticism at all federal law
 enforcement agents, he said, "I'm
                                                                                                   arm in both hands and pointing it in
                                                                                                   his direction. She was awake and did
                                                                                                                                              do not indicate that Mrs. Katona told
                                                                                                                                              her doctors her miscarriage was
                                                                                                                                              caused by being pushed.
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                                                                                                   dered her to drop the gun. She came        tion that she was under a great deal                    SAV/
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