You gotta hand it to those overachievers at the ATF(E and sometimes RBFs). Up to their asses in alligators over Fast & Furious, called in to investigate a local law enforcement peccadillo, and yet they still find time to reach out and touch someone(s). In this case, the someones would be those buyers who made the faux pas of buying more than one gun inside a five-day period. So how does this new Community Outreach Program work? Let’s check in for the exclusive from PrisonPlanet.com and see . . .
So let’s say you have a cordial, long-standing relationship with your local sporting goods emporium. You buy all your stuff there – guns, ammo, supplies. Been dealing with them for years. Over the decades, you’re into them for some serious coin, and they know it. Which is why, as one of their best customers, you’re treated like family. (Not like MY family mind you – but “family” in the Norman Rockwell sense of the word.)
You buy that 30.06 you’ve had your eye on for a while. Later that week, you get to thinking that it might be a good idea to check out those series 4 Glocks for home defense. Can’t be too careful. So you buy one. No worries, you hand over your CHL and the store does another instant check, which you pass with flying colors. You head home. A few days later, you get a knock at your door.
A couple of guys that look as if they stepped right out of Men in Black greet you from behind their Ray Bans. They’re from the ATF, and have some questions for you as to why you bought more than one firearm in such a short period of time. You wonder, “why are these guys bothering me, an upstanding citizen?” This thought is followed shortly thereafter by “What business is it of theirs how many guns I buy – or own,” and “How in the Sam Hill did they know about my recent gun purchases?”
How did they know? Well, according to our compadres at PrisonPlanet.com, the ATF is putting the screws to your friendly neighborhood gun dealer, and forcing him to rat you out.
According to several gun dealers in Austin as well as one of our own staff members, the ATF is visiting people’s homes, demanding to be allowed inside without a warrant, and implying that gun owners could be terrorists for purchasing two or more firearms at a time.
Nice. Warrantless, forced/coerced searches. Intimidation. Threats. All in day’s work over at Jackbooted Thugs ‘R’ Us, but the home delivery angle is a new wrinkle. The “softer side” of the ATF? Hardly. Here’s the kicker:
This is all based on a directive from the federal government that is completely outside of the law and unconstitutional. The law that would have required gun dealers in border states to report sales of two or more semi-automatic rifles to the ATF was “stripped entirely from the text of the regulation” when it came up for a vote in Congress on April 15, but as part of the Obama administration’s dictatorial zeal to accomplish its agenda outside of the law, the program is going ahead anyway.
The federal government is enforcing a law that was never passed.
If you’d like to lay your peepers on the letter going out to the gun dealers, head on over to PrisonPlanet, where they have links to the PDF. If this doesn’t scare the pants off you/make you angry/agree that the ATF has got to go, then you’re not paying attention.