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ATF Scraps ‘Always Think Forfeiture’ Slogan

Item: ATF says Sali did not prompt it to scrap slogan: Other congressmen called first to complain about the 'Always Think Forfeiture' saying/Erika Bolstad, Idaho Statesman.

More Info: Federal agents no longer carry pocketknives with a specially engraved training slogan that enraged some gun and property rights activists. U.S. Rep. Bill Sali, R-Idaho, said Friday that his complaints about the slogan - "Always Think Forfeiture" - persuaded the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to end its use on the Leatherman tools handed out to participants in a training program. But a spokesman for the federal agency said Friday that the agency actually stopped using the slogan about two months ago, when other members of Congress first raised concerns.

Question: Did the ATF do the right thing by scrapping the "Always Think Forfeiture" slogan? Or did the agency simply cave to political pressure?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.