Joe Reese committed one of the biggest cardinal sins a merchant can make. He moved in on the .gov’s business. The ATF and FBI already had a thriving gun-running operation and Reese, through his New Deal Shooting Sports store outside Las Cruces, New Mexico, was cutting in on their franchise…
Joe, along with his wife Terri and sons Ryin and…wait for it…Remington, were arrested a few months ago. Now the ATF is seeking forfeiture of their inventory and business. The feds apparently think it will make their operation run more smoothly if they have their own storefront to work from.
According to lcsun.com, the four were charged with:
…selling 34 weapons and thousands of dollars of ammunition to undercover agents and a Mexican cartel member turned government informant between 2010 and this July, lying on firearms purchasing forms during the transactions – many captured on hidden audio and video feeds – and laundering the proceeds.
All remain in federal custody awaiting trial.
The seized property – four vehicles, 1,428 firearms, 1,975,262 rounds of assorted ammunition, 535 canisters of smokeless powder, 4,757 ammunition magazines, $117,823 in gold and silver coins, assorted body armor, an ammunition reloading bench, 17 gun safes, about $11,019 from New Deal bank accounts and about $106,449 in cash – remains in the custody of Homeland Security officials.
Irony doesn’t seem to be standard issue equipment for ATF agents.