The Wicked Machinations Of The ATF, Or When Men Beg For Their Slavery, Part II

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 1 week ago

Ammoland.

In 2019, according to multiple sources including those at the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATF), the former Department Assistant Director of Enforcement Programs and Services, Curtis W Gilbert, discussed pistol braces at multiple meetings with other ATF employees.

In his opinion, pistol braces, specifically the SB Tactical SBA4, are stocks. He hinted that the ATF would take regulatory action against the devices designed to help disabled people use firearms.

The current Department Assistant Director of Enforcement Programs and Services Andrew Graham has also expressed hostility to pistol braces in internal ATF meetings with staff members. The same sources believe that the ATF didn’t move on the pistol braces earlier because the agency didn’t think they had the political capital to regulate braces.

It’s sad that Americans have put up with such tyranny.  It’s even more sad that some of the tyrants are in the House and Senate, and that all of this infringement couldn’t have been dealt with sooner.

Ammoland.

Internal ATF documents obtained by Gun Owners of America show that the agency, once again, is asserting powers not given it by Congress.

This time, the agency appears to be gearing up to force out-of-business federal firearms licensees (“FFL”) to turn over their remaining firearms in inventory to other dealers — even though federal law explicitly allows former dealers to transfer these firearms to their own personal collection.  ATF has even threatened prosecution of former dealers who do not comply with ATF’s unlawful requirement.

For years, ATF operated within the rules Congress established.  When an FFL ceases business operations, any firearms remaining in inventory may be transferred either to another dealer or to the licensee’s own personal collection.  Either way, the disposition for each and every firearm must be recorded in the dealer’s “acquisition and disposition” (A&D) book.  The A&D book, along with other records, must then be transferred either to the ATF out-of-business center, or to a successor licensee who takes over the business.

This is the system set up by federal law.  For example, 18 U.S.C. Section 923(c) makes clear that it is perfectly acceptable for a dealer to maintain a “personal collection” of firearms, and even to transfer firearms from business inventory to that collection.  And, of course, once a dealer goes out of business, he is no longer a “licensee” under the Gun Control Act, and has no record-keeping duties under the statute.  He is entirely a private party, and any firearms that have previously become part of his personal collection are treated no differently than for any other gun owner.

Only the real tyrants get to make the rules.  The petty tyrants are the House and Senate.  The real controllers are the ones who can make up laws out of whole cloth and do anything they want to do about “violators.”

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  1. On October 19, 2020 at 10:48 pm, Longbow said:

    Hey! I was thinkin’ about writing a great novel.

    What if…

    There is a new administration, a DemonRatic administration…

    and ATF wanted to pull of a really big show to get their budget increased and win favor with the new Prez…

    and they go an attack this “odd” group of people who they think might have some o’them pistol braces, and (gasp!) bump stocks, and too many firearms…

    and fifty or more ATF agents roll in lookin for a gun fight, and find some dogs and shoot them first…

    and some of the other agents see and hear gunfire and think “It’s on!” and start shooting at anything that moves…

    and the “suspects” can’t understand what is going on, except that they are being shot at, and start returning fire…

    and several “suspects” and several attackers get killed…

    and then ATF runs out of ammo and calls for a truce…

    and then they call the media and declare how they was ambushed by the “odd people who have too many guns”…

    and there is a complete media blackout except for the agency’s bullshit story…

    and eventually the FIB rolls in with armored vehicles and murders everyone in a big firestorm, and they call it a mass suicide…

    and… and… and…

    Yeah, you’re right. That’s is too far fetched. For fiction to sell it has to have some realism to it.

    Something like that could never happen.

  2. On October 20, 2020 at 7:39 am, Fred said:

    “…the agency, once again, is asserting powers not given it by Congress.”

    And the congress is asserting powers not given it by the people.

    And the people are asserting wickednesses not given them by Holy God.

    Hmm? I wonder what the problem could be?

  3. On October 23, 2020 at 10:13 am, Haz said:

    @Longbow,

    The difference between such an event happening today and what may have happened at Waco or Ruby Ridge is that today there is an abundance of video cameras available. Homes have CCTVs or Ring systems, and nearly everyone has their cell phone linked to Facebook or other social media. Events (confrontations) are recorded and streamed live to the Cloud every day. It’s this very fact that makes foot-patrol LEOs so hesitant to take action against many violators they encounter, and would certainly be a factor in any ATF action.

    Methinks jamming equipment might be something we might see employed by an agency at some point in the future to prevent any recordings of their actions, anything that can be used against them or provided to the media in defense of their targets.

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