Jean Baptiste Kingery, inventor of the "Kingery Grenade", and a man who converted AK47 into machine guns was arrested by the ATF in 2010. The local Assistant U.S. attorney in Arizona, Emory Hurley, refused to prosecute him, calling his grenades "harmless toys." He didn't even bother to address the conversion of AK47s. The lead investigator, Pete Forcelli, who was the ATF supervisot in charge. Forcelli is better remembered as the whistleblower in the Fast and Furious scandal.
According to an internal U.S. Department of Justice memo, a Kingery grenade was one of the explosives found at the scene of a homicide, in which three officers were killed in a confrontation between cops and a drug cartel. The Kingery Grenade are weapons made by a California man with parts purchased in the United States, for the drug cartels in Mexico.
Darrell Issa drew parallels between allowing Kingery to continue to build his grenades and his conversions of AK47s to Fast and Furious.
"These aren't the only deaths that undoubtedly will come from weapons being allowed to walk and an individual allowed to escape justice for more than 18 months after he was in our hands and released."
Kingery made over 2,000 grenades for the drug cartels, until his arrest in 2011 in Mexico. Kingery is still being held in Mexico, charged with terrorism.
The DOJ is currently investigating charges that the ATF retaliated against Forcelli for blowing the whistle on Fast and Furious. A DOJ spokesman at the time tried to discredit Forcelli by saying he allowed grenades to walk into Mexico. That was false. Forcelli arrested Kingery, but was forced to give up the case when Hurley refused to prosecute.
Issa, who is the Chairmain Of the House Oversight Committee, believes that Kingery was allowed to keep building weapons in order to justify trying to limit gun purchases in the Southwest.
"When you have the attorney general's own offices being informed about a very dangerous person exporting hand grenades and converting AK-47s into machine guns and they let him continue as part of not, Fast and Furious, but a completely separate failure, I think what you see is an administration that I'm beginning to think really did want to let bad things happen in hopes they would get assault weapons ban. The dots are being connected more and more to these kinds of actions."