Tuesday, August 29, 2023

ATF Inspector Takes Firearm Shop Documents Unlawfully, Bypassing Warrant Requirements


An Industry Operations Inspector (IOI) from Florida, working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), recently took records and documents from Kiloton Tactical, a federal firearms licensee (FFL), without following federal protocols. The IOI took these documents off-site for copying, directly contravening federal law, and planned to return them a week later.

Kiloton Tactical is part of a group of FFLs spearheaded by Eric Blandford, who runs the Iraqveteran8888 YouTube channel, that have filed a lawsuit against the ATF. The focus of the suit revolves around actions like those of the IOI, which are deemed illegal.

According to federal regulations, specifically 18 U.S.C. 923(g)(1)(A) and 27 CFR § 478.23(cd), IOIs are allowed to inspect records during on-site visits but are not authorized to remove them from the premises. The law specifically restricts such actions.

The IOI's actions not only flout federal law but also defy the guidelines set forth in the ATF's own IOI handbook, which explicitly forbids removing records for off-site inspection. Despite its significance, the ATF has been reluctant to make this handbook publicly available.

This occurrence reflects broader issues within the ATF, leading many to question the agency's training and even its adherence to its own rules. This instance is part of a larger pattern of what some describe as government overreach, especially following the Biden Administration’s zero-tolerance policy toward FFLs, which has led to increased scrutiny and FFL revocations.

This new stance from the administration doesn't just target what it calls "rogue dealers" but is also affecting smaller gun stores, resulting in a dramatic increase in FFL revocations. The Gun Owners of America (GOA) has also filed a lawsuit in North Dakota opposing this policy and has voiced its support for the FFL Coalition’s efforts.

Erich Pratt, Senior Vice President of GOA, expressed concerns about the ATF's growing influence, stating, "The ATF is out of control. Both the legislative and judicial branches must intervene to correct this." He warned that if left unchecked, the current zero-tolerance policy would severely hamper the firearms industry and infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans.

The IOI's actions serve as another example of what critics see as systemic issues within the ATF, sparking calls to defund the agency as a potential solution.

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  1. > the current zero-tolerance policy would severely hamper the firearms industry and infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans.

    Good. The 2nd Amendment has no purpose other than to hurt Americans. The self-defense lies told by radical right-wing fearmongers is unadulterated bullshit.

    1. i hope your daughter gets culturally enriched by someone illegally crossing her borders.

    2. Dude how cucked are you? Do you even know what happened in history and why we have such a great nation? You are clearly blind and lost. Seek help