State to Feds: We're going to investigate Fast and Furious, too

PHOENIX - Arizona lawmakers plan to launch their own investigation into the flawed Fast and Furious program.

Speaker Andy Tobin, a Republican, created the program that will be chaired by State Representative David Burnell Smith, also a Republican.

In a news release, the lawmakers stated the committee had three goals: determine the facts, determine the impact on Arizona and, most importantly, determine if the feds broke any state laws.

The committee plans to reveal its findings on March 30.

Operation Fast and Furious was a gun-smuggling investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives aimed at tracking small-time illicit gun buyers up the chain to major traffickers in an effort to take down arms networks.

In the process, ATF agents lost track of many of the weapons.

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